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Mahtab Rashidifard

PhD student
School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting

Contact details

Robert Street Building - Room 204
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway


I joined Petroleum University of Technology in 2012 as a bachelor student, after winning the full National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) scholarship. Soon after, I started my master in petroleum exploration engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran and I was honoured to be the first one been awarded the donated National award for publishing the best Master thesis at 2018.  

Both of my undergraduate and graduate research projects were dealing with methodology overviews and integration (fractured-rock imbibition capillary pressure correlations and seismic anisotropy in sedimentary basins), indicating my main research interest, which is finding the best method for an exploration issue. I have worked as an intern in Iranian Exploration Directorate and Research Institute of Petroleum Technology parallel to my studies which provided me with the opportunity to be in close contact with the industry since the early years of my studies.

I have an awesome supervision team for my Ph.D. (started in 2019). I’m working with Mark Jessell, Jeremie Giraud, Mark Lindsay and Vitaliy Ogarko as internal supervisors, Steven Micklethwaite as industry supervisor and Richard Chopping as MinEx CRC mentor. I’m a MinEx CRC graduate student involved in project number 6: automated 3D modelling, and also involved in Loop consortium package 4: Geophysical inversion methods. My project mostly focuses on developing methodologies of integrated inversion of geophysical data (seismic and gravity) with different spatial coverage which can be applied to both hard-rock scenarios and basins. One of the biggest challenges of my project is that the depth of interest is higher than the penetrated boreholes where all seismic inversion methods terminate. What I hope, is to be able to compensate for this data shortage by other available geological data and uncertainty quantification methods in the geophysical workflow.

Mahtab Rashidifard