Marina Pervukhina

Research Scientist in Rock Physics and Petrophysics

The main topics of my scientific interests are rock physics and petrophysics. My areas of expertise include the development of novel rock physics/petrophysics models, application of rock physics models for interpretation of geophysical inversion results, and development of rock physics-based inversion methods. Major scientific results of my research include the development of rock physics models for the interpretation of joint seismic and MT survey inversion in the seismogenic area of the active Nagamachi-Rifu fault in Japan; building anisotropic rock physics models of conventional and organic-rich shales from different basins all over the world; the quantification of stress and pore pressure effects on elastic and electrical properties of rock; compaction effects on porosity, permeability, elastic, electrical and other rock properties. My research interests include the development of machine learning methods and optimization of their performance using rock physics.

To Deep Earth Imaging, I bring a deep understanding of petrophysics and rock properties that underlays any geophysical inversion and is applicable to the energy, minerals, and groundwater domains. An essential part of my scientific contribution to the DEI FSP aligns with the CSIRO Domain and Digital initiative and involves maximising signal extraction from big data and reducing uncertainty using the Multiphysics approach.

Technical skills

  • Rock physics
  • Petrophysics
  • Pore pressure prediction
  • Machine learning
  • Inversion methods


Professional experience

2012 – present
CSIRO Energy, Perth – Principal Research scientist

2007 – 2012
CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Perth – Senior Research Scientist

2002 – 2006
Institute of Geology and Geoinformation – Research Scientist
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) Tsukuba, Japan


PhD (Geophysics) Kyoto University, Japan  (2006)

M.Sc. and B.Sc. (Applied Physics and Mathematics) Moscow University of Physics and Technology, Russia

Selected publications

Jeong, J., Park, E., Emelyanova, I., Pervukhina, M., Esteban, L., Yun S.-T. (2020) Interpreting the Subsurface Lithofacies at High Lithological Resolution by Integrating Information From Well-Log Data and Rock-Core Digital Images, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, v.125, 2,

Zhang, J., Pervukhina, M., and Clennell, M. B. (2018) Nanoscale Elastic Properties of Dry and Wet Illite. Clays and Clay Minerals, 66.3: 209-19.

Pervukhina, M. and Rasolofosaon, P. N.J. (2017) Compaction trend versus seismic anisotropy in shaly formations. Geophysical Prospecting. doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12486.

Beloborodov, R., Pervukhina, M., Luzin, V., Delle Piane, C., Clennell, M.B., Zandi, S. and Lebedev, M., (2016) Compaction of quartz-kaolinite mixtures: The influence of the pore fluid composition on the development of their microstructure and elastic anisotropy. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 78, pp.426-438.

Pervukhina, M., Golodoniuc, P., Gurevich, B., Clennell, M. B., Dewhurst, D. N., Nordgård Bolås, H. M., (2015) Prediction of sonic velocities in shale from porosity and clay fraction obtained from logs – a North Sea well case study, 2015, Geophysics, 80, 1, D1-D10.

Rasouli, V., M. Pervukhina, T. M. Müller and R. Pevzner (2013) In-situ stresses in the Southern Perth Basin at the GSWA Harvey-1 well site. Exploration Geophysics, Vol.44 (4), 289-298, 10.1071/EG13046.

Pervukhina, M., B. Gurevich, P. Golodoniuc and D. N. Dewhurst (2011) Parameterization of elastic stress sensitivity in shales, Geophysics, 76, 147-155.

Gurevich, B., D. Makarynska, O. de Paula and M. Pervukhina (2010) A simple model for squirt-flow dispersion and attenuation in fluid-saturated granular rocks, doi:10.1190/1.3509782, Geophysics, 75, N109-N120.

Pervukhina, M., B. Gurevich, D.N. Dewhurst and A.F. Siggins (2010) Applicability of velocity-stress relationships based on the dual porosity concept to isotropic porous rocks, Geophysical Journal International, 181, 3, 1473-1479, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04535.x

Pervukhina and Y. Kuwahara (2008) Correlations between electrical and elastic properties of solid-liquid composites with interfacial energy-controlled equilibrium microstructures”, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 265, 410-422.