Nick Hinz
Bridget F. Ayling

Director, Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
Associate Professor

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Business telephone: (775) 682-8768
Fax: (775) 784-1709
E-mail: bayling@unr.edu

 

Education

• Ph.D. Australian National University, 2006
• B.Sc. Hons. Victoria University of Wellington, 2001


Areas of Expertise

• Environmental geochemistry, trace element and isotope
geochemistry
• Geothermal energy, hydrothermal and Engineered
Geothermal Systems (EGS)
• Unconventional petroleum
• Reservoir characterization, Mineralogical characterization
• Geochemical tracers
• Water-rock interaction


Professional Work Experience

• 2016–present: Associate Professor; Director—Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy,
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
• 2012–2016: Senior Geoscientist, Geoscience Australia
• 2010–2012: Visiting Geothermal Research Scientist, Energy and Geoscience Institute,
University of Utah
• 2007–2010: Geothermal Project Geologist, Geoscience Australia
• 2006–2007: Graduate Geologist, Geoscience Australia

 

Memberships

• Geothermal Resources Council
• Society of Petroleum Engineers
• International Geothermal Association

 

Selected Publications

Ayling, B.F., Hogarth, R.A., and Rose, P.E., (in press) Tracer testing at the Habanero EGS site,
central Australia. Geothermics. Link
Ayling, B.F., Chappell, J., Gagan, M.K., and McCulloch, M.T., (2015) ENSO variability during MIS 11
(424-374 ka) from Tridacna gigas at Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Earth and Planetary
Science Letters, Vol. 431, pp 236–246. Link
Ayling, B. and Moore, J., (2013) Fluid geochemistry at the Raft River geothermal field, Idaho, USA:
New data and hydrogeological implications. Geothermics, Vol.47, pp116–126. Link
Gerner, E.J., Kirkby, A.L., and Ayling, B.F., (2012) Heat flow determinations for the Australian
continent: Release 4. Geoscience Australia Record 2012/75, 48pp.
Welsh, K., Elliot, M., Tudhope, A., Ayling, B., Chappell, J., (2011) Giant bivalves (Tridacna gigas)
as recorders of ENSO variability. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 307(3v4), pp 266–270.
Link
Huston, D.L., Ayling, B.F., Connolly, D.P., Lewis, B., Mernagh, T.P., Schofield, A., van der Wielen,
S.E. (2010) An assessment of the uranium and geothermal potential of north Queensland.
Geoscience Australia Record 2010/014, 108 pp. Link
Andersen, M.B., Stirling, C.H., Potter, E.K., Halliday, A.N., Blake, S.G., McCulloch, M.T., Ayling, B.F.,
O’Leary, M., 2008. High-precision U-series measurements of more than 500,000 year old fossil
corals. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 265, pp 229–245. Link
Ayling, B.F., Chappell, J., McCulloch, M.T., Gagan, M.K., Elliot, M., (2006) High-resolution
paleoclimate of the MIS 11 interglacial (423–360 ka) using geochemical proxies in giant Tridacna
clams. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 70 (18) Suppl. 1, August-September 2006, A26.
Link
Ayling, B.F., McCulloch, M.T., Gagan, M.K., Stirling, C.H., Andersen, M.B., Blake, S.G., (2006) Sr/Ca
and δ18O seasonality in a Porites coral from the MIS 9 (339–303 ka) interglacial. Earth and
 Planetary Science Letters
, Vol. 248, pp 447–460. Link
Ayling, B.F., (2006) Fossilised giant clams give high fidelity climate records. Ecos, Vol. 132, pp 8–11.
Link
Ayling, B.F., McGowan, H., (2006) Niveo-eolian sediment deposits in coastal South Victoria Land,
Antarctica: indicators of regional wind variability in weather and climate. Arctic, Antarctic and
Alpine Research
, Vol. 38(3), pp 313–324. Link

Conference Abstracts and Papers

Ayling, B., Tenthorey, E., and Bailey, A., (2016) Geomechanics, stress regime and mineralogy of the
Arthur Creek Formation and Thorntonia Limestone, southern Georgina Basin. Presented at the
Northern Territory Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar, Alice Springs, Australia, 15–16th March,
2016. Link
Ayling, B., Edwards, D., Huntington, J., and Smith, B., (2015) Evaluation of Spectral Proxies in
Unconventional Hydrocarbon Plays: A Case Study from the Southern Georgina Basin, Australia.
Presented at the AAPG International Conference & Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, September
13–16, 2015. Search and Discovery Article #90217 Link
Ayling, B.F., Hogarth, R.A., and Rose, P.E., (2015) Tracer testing at the Habanero EGS site, central
Australia. Proceedings of the 2015 World Geothermal Congress, Melbourne, Australia. Link
Ayling, B., Edwards, D., Smith, B., and Huntington, J., (2014) Integration of HyLogging data with 
geochemical, well log and biostratigraphic data in the Georgina Basin, Queensland and Northern
Territory, Australia. Annual Earth Sciences Convention, Newcastle, Australia, 6–19 July 2014.
Link
Ayling, B., and Rose, P., (2013) Geochemical tracers: capabilities and potential for geothermal
reservoir characterisation. Proceedings of the 35th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop, 17–20
November 2013, Rotorua, New Zealand. Link
Leecaster, K., Ayling, B., Moffitt, G., and Rose, P. (2012) Use of Safranin-T as a reactive tracer for
geothermal reservoir characterization. Proceedings of the 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir
Engineering, Stanford University, January 30–February 1st 2012. Link
Reimus, P., Williams, M., Vermeul, V., Rose, P., Leecaster, K., Ayling, B., Sanjuan, R., Ames, M.,
Dean, C., and Benoit, D., 2012. Use of Tracers to Interrogate Fracture Surface Area in Single-Well
Tracer Tests in EGS Systems. Proceedings of the 37th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir
Engineering, Stanford University, January 30–February 1st 2012. Link
Ayling, B.F., Rose, P., Petty, S., Zemach, E., and Drakos, P. (2012) QEMSCAN® (Quantitative
Evaluation of Minerals by Scanning Electron Microscopy): Capability and application to fracture
characterization in geothermal systems. Proceedings of the 37th Workshop on Geothermal
Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, January 30–February 1st 2012. Link
Ayling, B.F., Rose, P., and Petty, S. (2011) Using QEMSCAN® to characterize fracture
mineralization at the Newberry Volcano EGS Project, Oregon: a pilot study. Paper presented at
the 35th Geothermal Resources Council annual meeting, October 23–26, San Diego, USA. Link
Budd, A.R., Barnicoat, A.C., Ayling, B.F., Gerner, E.J., Meixner, A.J., and  Kirkby, A.M. (2009)
Establishing Geothermal Play Systems for 'Hot Rock' Exploration in Australia. Geothermal Resources
Council Transactions Vol. 33, pp 155–158. Link