Professor Rosalind Ann Archer



Rosalind Archer joined the Engineering Science Department in 2002 as a lecturer. Previously she had been an Assistant Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. She has research interests in reservoir engineering in geothermal and petroleum reservoirs, gas hydrates and carbon dioxide sequestration.

Rosalind has served as Head of the Department of Engineering Science from 2013 to 2020.  She became Director of the Geothermal Institute in 2013, and continues to serve in that role.  Rosalind took up the role of Acting Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering, in April 2020.



PhD in Petroleum Engineering and PhD minor in Geological and Environmental Science, Stanford University
MS in Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University
BE in Engineering Science, The University of Auckland

Research | Current

Research groups

Fluid Dynamics

Reservoir Engineering

Teaching | Current

ENGGEN 140 - Energy and Society

ENERGY 722 - Energy Technology

GEOTHERM 785 - Geothermal and Reservoir Engineering

Postgraduate supervision

Main supervisor

Jongchan Kim
Thermo-hydro-mechanical geothermal modeling.

Angela Prieto
Systematic characterisation of geothermal reservoirs.

Bart van Campen - co-supervised with Assoc. Professor David Grinlinton
The use of reservoir modelling for geothermal reserves valuation and licensing.

Pengliang Yu

Mohammed Dabbour


Fellow - Engineering New Zealand

Distinguished Member - Society of Petroleum Engineers



  • Acting Deputy Dean, Faculty of Engineering
  • Director, Geothermal Institute

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Engineering New Zealand
  • Institute of Directors
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • NZ Geothermal Association
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mullen, F., Boogaerdt, H., & Archer, R. (2019). Relation Between Fracture Stability and Gas Leakage into Deep Aquifers in the North Perth Basin in Western Australia. Ground water, 57 (5), 678-686. 10.1111/gwat.12853
  • Gao, J., Sathar, S., O'Grady G, Archer, R., & Cheng, L. K. (2015). A stochastic algorithm for generating realistic virtual interstitial cell of Cajal networks. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 62 (8), 2070-2078. 10.1109/TBME.2015.2412533
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg O'Grady, Leo Cheng
  • Archer, R. (2014). An exploration of porosity-permeability relationships in 3D fracture network using the Lattice-Boltzmann method. Paper presented at 14th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, Catania, Sicily. 8 September - 11 September 2014. 14th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery 2014 (ECMOR XIV). (pp. undefined).
  • Archer, R., Abraham, L., Pecher, I., & Fohrmann, M. (2014). Modelling gas hydrate production potential in the Hikurangi margin. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 57 (1), 102-105. 10.1080/00288306.2013.854813
  • Dempsey, D. E., Simmons, S. F., Archer, R. A., & Rowland, J. V. (2012). Delineation of catchment zones of geothermal systems in large-scale rifted settings. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH, 11710.1029/2012JB009515
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Rowland, David Dempsey
  • Dempsey, D. E., Rowland, J. V., Zyvoloski, G. A., & Archer, R. A. (2012). Modeling the effects of silica deposition and fault rupture on natural geothermal systems. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 117 (5).10.1029/2012JB009218
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Rowland, David Dempsey
  • Han, J.-C., Taberner, A. J., Kirton, R. S., Nielsen, P. M. F., Archer, R., Kim, N., & Loiselle, D. S. (2011). Radius-dependent decline of performance in isolated cardiac muscle does not reflect inadequacy of diffusive oxygen supply. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 300 (4), H1222-H1236. 10.1152/ajpheart.01157.2010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Denis Loiselle, Andrew Taberner, Poul Nielsen, June-Chiew Han
  • O'Sullivan JP, Archer, R. A., & Flay, R. G. J. (2011). Consistent boundary conditions for flows within the atmospheric boundary layer. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99 (1), 65-77. 10.1016/j.jweia.2010.10.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John OSullivan, Richard Flay


Contact details

Alternative contact

Udari Perera, Executive Assistant,

Office hours

Office hours vary - and will be posted via Canvas for courses I am teaching.

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 309
New Zealand

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