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Department of Geology News and events

Could Dunedin be hit by a large, local earthquake? (Stuff.co.nz article)

Monday, 18 July 2016 4:37pm

Dunedin's underground secrets are being probed in a pilot study of active faults in urban areas, following a recommendation from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission for more research to paint a better picture of the quake risk to residents in cities and towns.

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New developments for Otago earthquake science

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 11:31am

In the last week Otago University became an official Participating Institution of the Southern California Earthquake Centre (SCEC). SCEC is an international consortium of earthquake science institutions with headquarters at the University of Southern California in LA. We have also acquired new funding from the New Zealand analogue to SCEC called QuakeCoRE.

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New Otago Geology theses metadata website

Thursday, 16 June 2016 4:24pm

A nearly complete collection of metadata for theses and dissertations (400 Level, MSc and PhD) projects completed at the Department of Geology is now up on a new site.

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Geology staff and students receive Royal Society of NZ funding grants

Friday, 20 May 2016 11:29am

Congratulations to all the Geology staff and students that received funding grants from the Royal Society of NZ.

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CT scanning of ice cores

Thursday, 17 March 2016 9:56am

Nathaniel Parsons, Pat Wongpan and Dave Prior ran a successful test of CT scanning an ice core at the hospital this week. This was a precursor experiment to University of Otago funded research to characterise the 3D distribution of air and brine pockets and solid salts in sea ice cores.

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Akatore Fault Trenching

Thursday, 10 March 2016 4:22pm

Over the past two weeks Briar Taylor Silva started her Masters thesis work on the Akatore Fault, supervised by Mark Stirling and Nicola Litchfield (GNS Science).  The project represents the first-ever paleoseismic investigation of the Akatore Fault, which is mapped as the closest major active fault to Dunedin by Andrew Gorman et al.

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Mountain growth helped spawn fish diversity in New Zealand: Otago research

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:30am

The growth of mountain ranges on New Zealand’s South Island directly influenced the evolution of different freshwater fish species in the region, according to new University of Otago-led research.

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Harriet Love  2015 Blake NIWA Ambassador - Freshwater Award

Friday, 4 December 2015 9:36am

Since 2008, The Sir Peter Blake Trust - in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, NIWA and the Department of Conservation - has provided opportunities for young New Zealanders to work on projects in Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and New Zealand through the Blake Ambassador Programme.

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Otago researchers describe new North Pacific fossil whale

Wednesday, 2 December 2015 5:27pm

A new species of fossil baleen whale that lived in the North Pacific Ocean 30 to 33 million years ago has been described by researchers from the University of Otago.

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Growing Antarctic ice sheet caused ancient Mediterranean to dry up

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 10:17am

A University of Otago-led international research team has resolved the mystery of the processes involved in the Mediterranean Sea drying up around 5.6 million years ago.

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James White made full Professor

Friday, 6 November 2015 9:57am

Congratulations to James White on his appointment to the position of Professor, effective from 1 February 2016. A thoroughly well-deserved promotion.

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NZ scientists saddle up for 350km Antarctic road trip (NZ Herald Article)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 11:30am

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity and an epic road trip will ultimately help a team of New Zealand scientists understand how Antarctica's vast Ross Ice Shelf might respond to future warming under climate change.
An Otago University-led research team is this month heading down to the frozen continent, where they'll drive tracked Hagglund vehicles and snowmobiles 350km from Scott Base to a field site atop what, at roughly the size of France, is the world's largest ice shelf.

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Otago researchers to probe secrets of Ross Ice Shelf

Monday, 2 November 2015 4:57pm

A University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic Antarctic research expedition as part of efforts to better understand how the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) will respond to global warming.

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Otago researchers identify new NZ fossil whale species

Friday, 11 September 2015 11:41am

University of Otago palaeontology researchers are continuing to rewrite the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing two further genera and three species of fossil baleen whales.

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Otago climate researcher wins inaugural science award

Tuesday, 8 September 2015 9:09am

University of Otago researcher Dr Christina Riesselman was tonight awarded the inaugural L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science New Zealand Fellowship.

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Sandbox experiments used to model orogenic wedges in GEOL275/375 Rock deformation lab

Friday, 21 August 2015 1:29pm

The rock deformation class (Geol275-375) made some orogenic wedges this week: shortening layers of sand in a box to create folds and thrusts. It’s what structural geologists call an analogue model.