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Department of Geology News and events

Marsden success for Sciences

Monday, 20 November 2017 9:59am

Division of Sciences researchers have gained over $7.2m for 12 world-class research projects as Principal Investigators and a further $6m as Assistant Investigators working in collaboration with researchers both across Otago and in external organisations.

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NZ-led international team begin epic journey to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Friday, 17 November 2017 2:29pm

After years of planning, a University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic research expedition to the Antarctic to better understand how the earth’s largest expanse of floating glacial ice will respond to global warming.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Friday, 3 November 2017 10:04am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

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Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

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Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

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And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

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University recognises its outstanding early-career researchers

Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:02am

The impressive contributions of seven up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Next generation of Antarctica scientists celebrated

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 1:45pm

Understanding what Antarctica’s environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change.

Three Otago University postgraduate students and a Victoria University postgraduate student were last night awarded postgraduate scholarships by Antarctic New Zealand for their work to better understand the changes occurring on the frozen continent. All three Otago students are associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme.

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Celebrating 30 years of science outreach at Otago

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 2:12pm

An article just published in the New Zealand Science Review celebrates 30- years of science outreach at Otago. It presents the reader with an historical account of the development of community delivered outreach programmes by the University of Otago - and more specifically, those through the Division of Sciences and its contributing departments, schools and centres - a relationship that began in the 1970s. Although recognition for community service has been built into academic staff promotion processes for decades, it has only been available for non-academics since 2014 – which lends this article a point of difference given it has been co-authored by both academic and non-academic staff members.

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Scientists discover extreme geothermal activity in South Island

Thursday, 18 May 2017 8:27am

A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.

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Māori Division of Sciences graduating students

Friday, 12 May 2017 8:28am

The Division of Sciences is extremely proud to see 48 Maori students graduate this weekend. Graduates have completed either their under- or postgraduate study covering a wide range of disciplines across the Division. See the full list of May 2017 graduates.

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Quake hazard to the South from Akatore Fault hard to assess

Thursday, 27 April 2017 2:15pm

One of the closest active geological faults to Dunedin is not giving up its secrets easily.

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New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 9:40am


The Otago Museum is hosting the 2017 New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference in associated with the Polar Environments Research Theme. The conference will focus on how to detect, pre-empt and attribute changes, to quantify and predict the rate and magnitude of changes to the ocean, cryosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. For more information visit: https://antarctic2017.org

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Along the Alpine Fault Helps Build Seismic Strain (EOS Press release)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 5:46pm

Detailed analysis of cores drilled through New Zealand's most dangerous on-land fault indicates that its permeability and strength are altered by mineral precipitation between seismic events.

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Trail by Fire (exciting Otago alumni science)

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:44am

Trial By Fire is a team of young volcanologists, that includes Ian Schipper (Otago Geology PhD graduate), planning to measure the entire flux of gases emitted by volcanoes along the Nazca subduction zone. They are currently working on active volcanoes of Ecuador (Trial By Fire 1.5: Ecuador).

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Far From Frozen: Antarctica & Us

Thursday, 19 January 2017 2:18pm

Explore Antarctica and learn about the potential impact of climate change on it and us at the Otago Museum from Saturday 21 January to Sunday 29 January.