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Department of Geology News and events

Shanna Law receives award for Study Abroad at Otago

Thursday, 17 November 2016 1:50pm

Shanna Law received an award for academic achievement abroad for her study at the Department of Geology, University of Otago in 2015. Shanna Law is a recent graduate of Juniata College. While enrolled in the BCA Study Abroad program in Dunedin, New Zealand, Shanna conducted research investigating the ecological impacts of gold mining, which required collecting soil samples in the field and analyzing them in the lab, and creating hand-drawn and digital maps of the research site. Her research, which has been presented at an academic conference and published the New Zealand Journal of Geology & Geophysics, provides support for varying landscapes to increase biodiversity in mine rehabilitation.

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Otago researchers gain prestigious Rutherford Fellowships

Friday, 11 November 2016 2:23pm

Two University of Otago scientists are among 10 top researchers who have been awarded highly sought-after fellowships to help them develop their research careers in New Zealand.

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Four Otago academics elected Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 3:36pm

Four leading University of Otago academics are among 19 top researchers and scholars to be newly elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Artificial seismic source for ice boreholes

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 3:28pm

NZARI funding to Dave Prior, Christina Hulbe (Surveying), Jennifer Eccles (Auckland) and other collaborators (including Christian Ohneiser and Andrew Gorman) aims to test ways of using seismic data to measure remotely the  ice crystal alignments and ice temperature in ice sheets and glaciers.

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Recent earthquake science work in the USA

Thursday, 6 October 2016 3:37pm

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American Geophysical Union Announces 2016 Fellows (AGU press release)

Monday, 22 August 2016 10:30am

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Geophysical Union (AGU) recently announced its 2016 Fellows, an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space sciences. Since the AGU Fellows program was established in 1962, and according to the organization’s bylaws, no more than 0.01 percent of the total membership of AGU is recognized annually. This year’s class of Fellows are geographically diverse coming from 18 states and eight countries.


Trevor R. Ireland, an Otago Geology Alumni, now at Australian National University is one of the recipients.

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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.