Gustavo Hinestrosa



Geocoastal Research Group

The University of Sydney

PhD in Carbonate geology


Gustavo Hinestrosa completed his PhD at The University of Sydney, Australia, as an active member of the Geocoastal Research Group. After some years working for major oil and gas companies in France, Italy and Iran, he joined the Geocoastal Research Group in 2011 to start his PhD project. He uses the shelf-edge reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia to better understand the period between the last glaciation and the Holocene using seismic data, bathymetry and also information from gathered samples, cores (Integrated Ocean Drilling Project Expedition 325) and past studies. An important aspect of his project is the seismic sequential stratigraphy of these formations. The results from this study have broad implications, not only in carbonate architecture, but in Quaternary physical processes, carbon and carbonate budgets, climate change and sea level rise. Gustavo has also strong interests in deep-water sedimentary geology, which was a strong focus of his work during his time in the industry.

He graduated from Simón Bolívar University, Caracas in 2002 (B.Eng. Geophysics) with a final project on turbidite outcrops characterization using 3D GPR data (Supervised by Dr. Roger Young and Dr. Roger Slatt, University of Oklahoma). In 2003 he completed a MS in Exploration Geology from IFPEN (ENSPM), France after finishing his Masters project titled ‘Geostatistical seismic inversion in a deep-water field in west Africa’ (Supervised by Dr. Leon Barens, Total S.A.). In 2010 he finished a Diploma for Graduates in Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2011 he started his PhD project, supervised by Dr. Jody Webster and Dr. Robin Beaman.


Seismic stratigraphy and development of the shelf-edge reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Hinestrosa G., Webster J.M., Beaman R.J., Anderson L.M. Marine Geology 353, 1–20.

Conference presentations, posters

31st International Association of Sedimentologists meeting. Drowned reefs as agents of climate change: New constraints from the shelf-edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Hinestrosa G., Webster J.M., Beaman R.J. June 2015, Krakow, Poland.

30th International Association of Sedimentologists meeting. Seismic stratigraphy and development of the shelf-edge reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Hinestrosa G., Webster J.M., Beaman R.J., Anderson L.M. 3-5 September 2013, Manchester, UK.

American Geophysical Union Fall meeting. Exploring drowned reefs on Gardner Pinnacles, Hawaii. Clague D., Paduan J., Braga J.C., Humphrey C., Hinestrosa G., Fullagar P., Smith J. December 2012, San Francisco, CA.

International Coral Reef Symposium. Seismic stratigraphy of the shelf-edge reefs, Great Barrier Reef. Hinestrosa G., Webster J.M., Beaman R.J., Anderson L.M. 9-13 July 2012, Cairns, Australia.

XIV Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica. Permeability characterization integrating logs, seismic and welltest data. Hinestrosa G., Shahabi S. October 2008, Caracas, Venezuela.

Quantitative Methods for Reservoir Characterization conference. A deep-water field in appraisal phase: integration of subsurface, engineering and economic uncertainties in a Value Of Information methodology. Marini I., Luoni F., Godi A., Pizzo A., Hinestrosa G., et al. April 2006, IFP, Rueil-Malmaison, France.

Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica. A 2D seismic survey in the Pithiviers area as part of the IFP education program. Benguigui A., Cabarcas C., Hinestrosa G., Páez A. October 2004. Caracas, Venezuela.

SEPM Student Chapter Sedimentology Conference. Characterization of a turbidite outcrop using 3D Ground-Penetrating Radar data. Hinestrosa G., Slatt R., Young R. November 2001, ULA, Merida, Venezuela.

Field activities summary

SS2013/T03 Oceanographic expedition, Broome to Brisbane, Australia. RV Southern Surveyor, July 2013.

SS2012/T02 Oceanographic expedition, Gardner banks to Fiji. RV Southern Surveyor, May 2012.

Submarine dives, Gardner Pinnacles, Hawaii. RV Ka’imikai-o-Kanaloa, October 2011.

Well operations, onshore and offshore facilities, Italy, Iran, Oman, France, 2005 to 2007.

Various geology and geophysics field trips in Oman, France, Spain, England, USA, Venezuela, 1999 to 2003.

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