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Staff / Affiliates / In Memoriam


Carey Hannaford
Director / Palynologist / Sequence Stratigrapher

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Carey joined MGPalaeo in 2010, after 12 years with Santos Ltd. Carey started her career in 1998 as an exploration geoscientist at Santos Ltd Offshore Australian exploration working on geological and geophysical projects and wellsite geology on the Northwest Shelf, Australia. From 2002 to 2004 Carey worked in Asset appraisal and development for the Mutineer and Exeter Oil fields. On completion of the project development planning phase she transferred to the stratigraphy department, in 2004, as a junior palynologist.

During her time with Santos Carey gained experience in wellsite biosteering as well as working stratigraphy of the Northwest Shelf, Cooper-Eromanga Basin and Otway Basin as well as Kyrgystan, Gulf of Mexico and Egypt.

Since joining MGPalaeo her work has been primarily focussed on Mesozoic palynology of the Northwest Shelf and CSG sections in the Surat Basin.

Her key interests include high resolution biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and Triassic-Cretaceous dinoflagellate cyst taxonomy.

Dr Daniel Mantle
Director / Palynologist

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Daniel joined MGPalaeo in 2011 and has been involved in wellsite palynology in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and office-based studies on Triassic-Cretaceous sections from the North West Shelf and offshore Victorian basins and Permian-Jurassic coal-seam gas and shale gas projects in New South Wales and Queensland.

Daniel first moved to Australia (from Ireland) in 2003 to complete a PhD at the University of Queensland on the Middle Jurassic palynology of the Bayu-Undan Field, Timor Sea. Following a short period as a junior lecturer at the university, Daniel worked as an exploration geologist in the southern Gobi Desert in Mongolia before returning to Australia to lead the Timescales Project at Geoscience Australia for four years.

His key interests include Triassic-Jurassic dinoflagellate cyst taxonomy and the application of palynology to integrated sequence stratigraphic projects.

Dr John Lignum
Director / Palynologist

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John joined MGPalaeo in August 2012, following four years industrial experience in the UK. John completed his PhD thesis entitled “Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) palynology and chemostratigraphy: dinoflagellate cysts as indicators of palaeoenvironmental and sea-level change” at Kingston University London. His thesis documented the dinocyst assemblages of seven Upper Cretaceous sections of NW Europe, improving the dinocyst biostratigraphic database for the Upper Albian to Lower Turonian interval. A combination of palynostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy were employed to provide detailed correlations of the sections and to reconstruct palaeoenvironmental and sea-level change.

John’s interest in the Mesozoic has continued throughout his industrial experience, concentrating on palynological analyses of Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic sections. UK-based projects involved the stratigraphic interpretation of single wells, and stratigraphic correlations of multiple wells ranging over the Cenozoic to Triassic from numerous basins, offshore Norway and the UK. Since moving to MGPalaeo, John has continued with palynological analysis of Mesozoic intervals of wells from Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.

John enjoys multiple well stratigraphic correlation, utilizing local palynological events to maximize the biostratigraphic correlation. He also has a keen interest in integrating palynological data with other geological/sedimentological datasets to better understand the stratigraphy and depositional environment.

John has co-authored 4 peer-reviewed papers in journals Paleooceanography, the Journal of Micropalaeontology, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, and West Australian Basins Symposium. John actively reviews palynology-based manuscripts from Newsletters on Stratigraphy, and Cretaceous Research.

Come and meet the experienced staff at MGPalaeo, Geological and Stratigraphical Consultants for the oil and gas industry - Dr Adam Charles

Dr Adam Charles
Director / Palynologist

Adam joined MGPalaeo in January 2012, after completing his PhD at the University of Southampton, UK. His work predominantly focuses on the palynology of the Late Jurassic – Cretaceous of Australia and Papua New Guinea, with extensive rigsite experience in the latter locality. Additional studies include palynological analysis of multiple Late Triassic wells from the North West Shelf, as well as the Australian Cenozoic.

During his PhD Adam studied the sedimentology, geochemistry and palynology of Palaeocene-Eocene boundary strata within the Spitsbergen Central Basin, Svalbard. The integration of such datasets permitted a detailed reconstruction of palaeoenvironmental conditions, enabling publications in Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, and Nature Geoscience.

Dr Marty Young
Director / Palynologist

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Marty joined MGPalaeo in November 2012. He completed his Honours at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) in 1999 on the Late Cretaceous sections of the Mangahounga Sandstone, where New Zealand’s first ever dinosaur fossils were found. He moved to Canberra in 2000 and worked as a palynologist at Geoscience Australia (then AGSO) for one year, before starting a PhD at the Australian National University. His thesis was on the distribution of modern organic- and calcareous-walled dinoflagellate cysts from the eastern Indian Ocean, providing the first ever study of calcareous dinocysts from this region.

Marty worked at CSIRO from 2005-2012 as a Project Leader, and was based in the Timeframes of Basin Evolution group, providing strontium dating of limestone sequences for exploration companies in Australasia and the Middle East. In 2007, he restored CSIRO’s palynological capability, and was involved with a range of research projects with international collaborators, including morphological studies, palynomorph extraction from coals, and laser ablation of palynomorphs.

Since joining MGPalaeo, Marty has been involved in wellsite palynology in Papua New Guinea and office-based studies on Permian-Cretaceous sections from PNG and the North West Shelf. His key interests include Triassic-Cretaceous dinoflagellate cyst taxonomy, high-resolution biostratigraphy, and the practical applications of palaeo-environmental interpretation.

Amely Allgöwer

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Amely joined MGPalaeo in July 2015 after spending 9 years as a clastic stratigrapher within the petroleum industry. Amely started her career in 2006 as a sedimentologist with Ichron Ltd., UK working on clastic reservoirs of the North Sea (UK and Norway) and Central Europe. In 2011, Amely moved to Australia to work with Chevron Energy Technology Company. During her time at Chevron, Amely worked predominantly on fluvial, shallow-marine and deltaic reservoirs of the Mungaroo Formation, deep-marine systems of the Barrow Formation, as well as Late Jurassic sandstones of the Jansz-Io field.

Since joining MGPalaeo Amely’s main focus has been detailed core descriptions with a passion for ichnology in a large variety of depositional environments including various deepwater settings, shallow marine shoreface and deltaics to terrestrial deposits ranging from the Late Carboniferous to Late Cretaceous from the Perth Basin to the Timor Sea.

Additional work include the preparation and presenting of MGPalaeo’s core workshops, as well as gathering data for multi-client core studies, such as our Vulcan Sub-basin core data set. Please see our sedimentology page for details of services provided by MGPalaeo.

Christopher Watts
Geologist / Data Scientist

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Chris graduated from Curtin University in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) first class in Applied Geology. His thesis was sponsored by Murphy Oil and focused on the seismic stratigraphy of the Hammerhead Supersequence in the western Ceduna Sub-basin. He spent the next two years as an explorationist with Murphy Australia Oil where he was tasked with the identification and maturation of prospects, drafting a standard stratigraphic scheme for the Ceduna Sub-basin, and drafting palaeogeographical maps among a range of other geological and geophysical studies. He then spent some time working as a Geologist at Chemostrat, integrating wireline log data with elemental data to correlate chemostratigraphic units in a number of basins across Oceania.

Chris joined MGPalaeo in May 2019 as a Geologist, mainly focusing on the continual development of the Australis Stratigraphic Database of the North West Shelf. Additionally, Chris has worked on detailed core descriptions, sedimentological reports, and core workshops examining wells from the Carnarvon Basin and Bedout Sub-basin, as well as predictive sequence stratigraphy.

Bala AT
Laboratory Manager

After working as a Lube Plant Technician for ExxonMobil in Singapore, Bala moved to Perth in 2004 and took up a position as a Routine Core Analyst at Core Laboratories. He worked his way up to Palynology Technician and managed the palynology lab, where he processed various rock samples both in the lab in Perth and on offshore rigs.

Bala moved to the Geological Survey of Western Australia (DMP) as a Geoscience Support Officer in 2010, supporting the daily operations and running the Hylogger Scanning machine. In 2014, Bala joined Chervon Australia as a Petrophysics Technical Assistant, before moving onto MGPalaeo as the Laboratory Manager in 2016.

At MGPalaeo, he oversees the day to day running of the lab, HSE, and liaises with contractors for maintenance work. His offshore rigsite experience includes the North West Shelf, Timor Sea, and Persian Gulf (Dubai).

Dr Poul Schioler
Consultant Palynologist / Stratigrapher

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Poul is a New Zealand-based consultant palynologist who started working with MGPalaeo in 2013. Poul has twenty-two years professional experience as a palynologist and stratigrapher undertaking both research and commercial tasks. He worked sixteen years as a palynologist for the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), primarily engaged with North Sea stratigraphy. He moved on to New Zealand in 2006 where he has worked with GNS Science as a Senior Research Geologist, with work fields in hydrocarbon related biostratigraphy of the Taranaki, East Coast, Canterbury and Great South Basins. His current key interests encompass petroleum basin geohistory and sequence stratigraphy and assessment of depositional environment using palynofacies. Poul holds a MSc and a PhD degree from University of Copenhagen.


Dr. Saju Menacherry
Sedimentologist / Reservoir Quality Specialist Geologist/ Petrographer

With 18+ years of international experience in the oil and gas industry, with an integrated approach for reservoir quality characterisation and prediction for exploration, field development and production optimisation in conventional and unconventional clastic reservoirs. In addition, Saju has experienced and expertise in integrating the reservoir/ seal characterisation for potential CO2 sequestration sites through basin analysis, petroleum system, petrographical, petrophysical and sequence stratigraphic data for the CO2 storage site characterisation projects including Chevron’s Gorgon CO2 and multiple CO2CRC Projects in Australia. Dr. Saju has held various roles at Chevron, Carnarvon Petroleum, Beach Energy, University of Adelaide for CO2CRC, Whistler Research, Mobil Oil Australia and mining organisations in India. He has considerable experience integrating sedimentary petrology (thin section, SEM, CL, BSE, XRD, fluid inclusion, stable isotope, computed tomography (CT) scanning), reservoir quality and clastic diagenesis aspects of rock properties, clay mineralogy, formation evaluation, well-logs, sequence stratigraphy, basin modelling data, petrophysics, geophysics and geomechanics data, production chemistry and production data within integrated multidisciplinary teams at all stages from exploration and development to production.

Saju holds PhD in Petroleum Geology (funded and trained by ExxonMobil) from University of Adelaide, Australia with a title “ “Source to Sink” Sedimentology and Petrology of a Dryland Fluvial System, and Implications for Reservoir Quality, Lake Eyre Basin, Central Australia”, MSc degree in geology from Kerala University, India and BSc Geology, with Chemistry and Statistics as subsidiaries from University of Calicut, India. He has (co-) authored over 20 reservoir quality characterisation reports and reservoir quality risk assessment reports, (co-) authored over 15 peer reviewed articles in international journals and more than 35 international conference presentations. He has Co-Chaired for AAPG international conference sessions, Clastic Diagenesis group and other international conferences. He was awarded the best runner up poster presentation award from SEPM/AAPG international conference in 2006. His professional affiliations are in AAPG, SEPM and PESA.

In Memoriam

Dr Roger Morgan (1950–2020)
Palynologist / Stratigrapher

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A titan of Australian industrial palynology, Roger Paul Morgan was a pioneer in the use of microfossils in the Australian oil and gas industry, as well as a mentor to a generation of palynologists.

Roger first encountered palynology as an undergraduate in 1968, and on the recommendation of Professor Martin Glaessner, secured vacation employment with Esso in Sydney, working with Dick Evans and Lew Stover. He proceeded to an honours project in Jurassic dinocysts with Basil Balme, then a PhD project in Cretaceous dinocysts with Robin Helby, then a job working Carboniferous to Tertiary palynology with the Geological Survey of New South Wales in Sydney. From there he went to a North Sea oil company job (with BNOC, later Britoil) for 4 years working mostly Jurassic to Tertiary dinocysts. He then returned to Australia and set up Morgan Palaeo Associates, working mostly Triassic to Tertiary palynology for the Australian oil industry.

Roger was particularly keen in pushing the resolution in palynological zonation schemes, and applications in an exploration and rigsite environment. His contributions are mostly unpublished but include revised zonation schemes in the Australian Cretaceous, North West European Tertiary, Late Cretaceous West of Shetland, Australian Jurassic and Triassic, and Cretaceous of Papua New Guinea; you can add to this many hundreds, if not thousands, of industry reports and reviews. Although relatively few, his formal publications remain keystone works for Australian and southern hemisphere palynologists and will continue to underpin regional palynostratigraphy in the decades to come.