She has developed 3D models for the distribution of sedimentary strata that can be used to predict geohazards in coal mines or reservoir behaviour in conventional and non-conventional gas resources, and for geosequestration. In addition to working with Vale and other industry partners, she conducts multi-client studies through the Australian Coal Research Program (ACARP), The Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research (ANLECRD), and the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG).
Joan gained her MSc and PhD (1990) from the University of Kentucky, USA. She then worked for 17 years with CSIRO, followed by GeoGAS-Runge Group before joining UQ full time in 2010. Her current projects include:
· CCSG Surat Geological Framework and Faults and Fractures
· ACARP Rangal Supermodel-Bowen Basin and Cenozoic Fault Reactivation
· ANLEC Outcrop Analogue Modelling for CO2 sequestration
Joan has published extensively, with over 40 refereed journal articles and multiple conference articles and currently has a large group (over 25) of research and post-doctoral fellows, PhD, MSc and MPhil and honours students, along with international visiting scholars.