Zhuoheng Chen

Research Scientist

Research of Petroleum Systems and Resources.

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

I am a globally recognized expert on petroleum resource assessment, applied mathematical geology, and a leader in development of innovative methodology for undiscovered petroleum (conventional and unconventional) resources mapping. I lead and actively participate in a diverse range of national and international, multidisciplinary research projects. My versatility is demonstrated by contributions to a broad range of research programs, including unconventional resource characterization, petroleum resource assessment of conventional and unconventional, methods for gas hydrate resource characterization, groundwater variability as a function of climate change, impact of climate change on groundwater resources, and inventory of groundwater resources.

Professional activities / interests

Guest editor, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, 2015 March Issue, a thematic issue on Biogenic Gas resources.

Editorial board member of Petroleum Science, China University of Petroleum.

Editorial board member of Petroleum Exploration and Development, China National Petroleum Corporation.

Education and awards

Post-doctorate Fellowship, Geological Survey of Canada, Calgary, 1998-2000.

Ph.D. in Geology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 1993.

Diploma (Master courses), Petroleum Exploration, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, 1986.

B.Sc., Petroleum Geology, Jianghang Petroleum Institute, Hubei, P.R. China, 1982.

Key publications

  1. Chen, Z. and Hannigan, P., 2016, A Shale Gas Resource Potential Assessment of Devonian Horn River Strata Using a Well-Performance Method, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 53: 1–12 (2016).

  2. Chen, Z. and Jiang, C., 2016, A revised method for organic porosity estimation using Rock-Eval pyrolysis data, example from Duvernay Shale in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, AAPG Bulletin. V. 100, No.3, pp.405-422. DOI:10.1306/08261514173.

  3. Chen. Z., Osadetz, K.G., Chen, X., 2015, Economic appraisal of shale gas resources, an example from the Horn River shale gas play, Canada. Petroleum Geoscience, (2015) v. 12. No.4, p.712–725. DOI: 10.1007/s12182-015-0050-9.

  4. Chen, Z. and Jiang, C., 2015, A Data Driven Model for Studying Kerogen Kinetics with Unconventional Shale Application Examples from Canadian Sedimentary Basins, Marine and Petroleum Geology, V. 67, p.795-803, doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2015.07.004.

  5. Chen. Z., Zhang, S., Grasby S. and Shuai, Y., 2015. Biogenic gas accumulations in Canada and China: geological characteristics and new insights, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, v. 63 (1), p.1-3.