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Geography Seminars - 2017

When: Wednesdays 4pm

Venue: Richardson 5N4 (North fifth floor, Richardson Building) (except where noted)

13 September - Professor Colin Mason

JA Valentine Visiting Professor - University of Glasgow

The emergence of entrepreneurial ecosystems: the case of Atlantic Canada

Seminar Poster

6 September - Dr Wen Zeng

Visiting Ron Lister Fellow (Shandong University of Science and Technology - China)
Department of Geography - University of Otago

Urban Development and Quality of Urban Life in China

Seminar Poster

23 August - Dr Douglas Hill

Department of Geography - University of Otago

Dissent or Dialogue? Contesting transboundary water, security and development in Himalayan borderlands.

Seminar Poster

9 August - Jerram Bateman

PhD Candidate: Department of Geography - University of Otago

Rural Livelihoods in Sierra Leone: Longitudinal insights from Panguma and Kayima

Seminar Poster

12 July - Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen

Department of Geography - University of Otago

A benchmark for investigating glacier-climate interactions in the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Seminar Poster

26 April - Dr Slawek Tulaczyk

University of California, Santa Cruz

The other Eden? Potential subsurface microbial habitat mapped out with Time-Domain Electromagnetic surveys beneath extreme polar desert of McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.

Abstract: Humanity’s best chance at direct scientific examination of life forms that do not belong to our own, terrestrial ‘Tree of Life’ will come from exploration of liquid water environments on cold planetary bodies in our Solar System. These include sub-ice oceans of Enceladus or Europa and sub-permafrost groundwaters of Mars. Antarctic deep groundwaters offer some of the best terrestrial analogs for such environments and can be used to develop techniques for identifying and accessing target extraterrestrial habitats. We have used a novel technique, helicopter-borne Time-domain ElectroMagnetics (TEM), to map out a regional briny groundwater system beneath one of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. This system appears to be connected to Blood Falls, which intermittently releases hyper saline brine at the snout of Taylor Glacier. As part of a follow-up project, we used a steerable ice-melting probe to sample pristine brine from an englacial conduit located just upstream of Blood Falls. These samples reveal that brine geochemistry and microbiology is different in these pristine samples than in samples collected over the past decades from the surface of Blood Falls. Deep subsurface Antarctic brines appear to support microbial life in spite of a number of challenging physical and chemical conditions.

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12 April - Josie Cairns

MSc Candidate - Department of Geography - University of Otago

Reflections on the Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute

Seminar Poster


05 April - Dr Janet Stephenson

Centre for Sustainability - University of Otago

Transforming Research for Policy Makers: The Energy Cultures Project

Seminar Poster


29 March - Professor Sanjay K Nepal

University of Waterloo

(Tourism) Knowledge at the Intersection: Philosophical musing on expanding boundaries of knowledge in (tourism) studies

Seminar Poster


08 March - Dr Mary Beckie

University of Alberta

Food: Locally embedded, Globally Engaged

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01 March  - Dr Janice Barry

University of Manitoba

Urban Reserves, Shared Service Agreements and the Emergence of New Indigenous Planning Relationships in Manitoba, Canada

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