30 May 2013: Haka Valley whale fossils excite experts (ODT Article) Huge fossils hacked out of a limestone quarry in the Hakataramea Valley will help University of Otago researchers provide new insights into a tantalising gap in the evolutionary record of whales and dolphins.
23 May 2013: Starting off the summer with a bang: More man-made maars Read the blog post to find out more info about the controlled explosion experiments that James White has been involved in.
23 May 2013: Discovering Distant Dolphins Yoshi Tanaka, a PhD student in Palaeontology, talks about how he discovered his love for fossils and his research on fossil dolphins in New Zealand. Listen to the Science notes radio show.
16 May 2013: Congratulations to Virginia Toy who has been awarded a University of Otago ‘Early Career Award for Distinction in Research’. Deputy Vice Chancellor Richard Blakie commented that "this year we had an exceptionally strong field of nominees". Dave Prior said that "Virginia is one of the rising stars of the university - the award is very well deserved".
13 May 2013: Experimental volcanoes make a blast (Nature news article) Controlled explosions could aid monitoring of active eruptions. Volcanologists detonated explosive charges buried in a meadow in Ashford, New York, blowing 12 small craters in the ground and throwing debris 80 metres in the air. The aim was to recreate, in true-to-life detail, what happens when a volcanic eruption punches through Earth’s crust. [James White]
4 May 2013: Marine mammals put Otago on the map (ODT article)
13 April 2013: Research links whales (ODT Article) University of Otago research that shows a northern hemisphere dwarf whale escaped extinction longer than previously thought also supports a theory that a still-surviving southern pygmy whale belongs to the same family. [Bobby Boessenecker]
21 February 2013: Radio NZ Nine to Noon Thursday 21 February 2013 Ewan Fordyce on how the Southern Ocean was a critical location for the evolution of whales and dolphins.
12 January 2013: Marine-fossil researchers build Otago's profile (ODT article)
30 December 2012: Shedding new light on whale (ODT article)
30 November 2012: The Geosciences 2012 conference at Hamilton
22 November 2012: Excellence awards for Otago pair
The Hutton Medal for earth sciences was awarded to Prof Fordyce for "his seminal contributions in New Zealand vertebrate palaeontology, particularly for whales, dolphins and penguins". (ODT article)
19 November 2012: Ice Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) in Otago is operational
15 November 2012: University of Otago palaeontologists Ewan Fordyce and Felix Marx explain how whales evolved into the largest animals on earth (Radio New Zealand: Our Changing World)
8 November 2012: Hopi Buttes workshop (21-27 October 2012)
21 August 2012: Otago researcher heads new Antarctic science foundation [Gary Wilson] (University of Otago Media release)
30 May: Lessons from Japan will aid NZ research (ODT article)
Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST) (updated 2 May 2012)
1 Mar: Kairuku - a new "giant" Late Oligocene Penguin from New Zealand
- Kairuku - a new "giant" penguin on our research pages
- For complimentary access to the full article visit:http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/ujvp20
- News release for the public on Kairuku the "giant" penguin from the University of Otago
- News release for the public on Kairuku the "giant" penguin from Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
1 Feb: 'Trip of a lifetime' to the Antarctic (ODT article)
17 Jan: City urged against complacency over quakes (ODT article)
17 Jan: Quake talk at 'Hands-on-Science' (ODT article)
17 Jan: Field trip students get down and dirty in St Kilda (ODT article)
12 Oct: Finds prove there's life in maars (ODT article)
6 Oct: Geologist hails $915,000 grant (ODT article)
5 Sep: Sediments prove CO2 revelation (ODT article)
6 Aug: Extracting the most from life (ODT article)
07 Jul: James Hector and the Geological Map of Otago (hocken library)
25 Apr: Canadian researcher joins Chch seismic team (ODT article)
23 Mar: Finding Faults (TVNZ:Close up segment)
27 Jan: Geologists drill for answers (TVNZ:Close up segment).
26 Dec: Penguin evolution revisited (ODT article).
22 Oct: In the annual teaching excellence poll organised by OUSA, students voted Professor Alan Cooper as Top Ten Teacher for 2010
6 Sept: Find out more about the magnitude 7.0-7.1 "Darfield Earthquake"(Near Christchurch) (updated 8-9-2010: 10:45 am)
2 Sept: Geology Department seeks Scientific Officer for one-year fixed term position (update: position filled)
9 Aug: Geology Department seeks two new lecturers (update: applications closed 1 November)
29 June: Nathalie Lefebvre has been awarded the Eloise Gerry Fellowship, from the Graduate Women in Science for her study of eruptive processes at maar-diatreme volcanoes in Arizona, USA.
16 June: Carolyn Gorny has been awarded a Postgraduate Research Grant by the International Association of Sedimentologists for her study of subglacial volcaniclastic deposits in Iceland.
16 June: Nathalie Lefebvre has been awarded a Student Research Grant by the Society of Economic Geologists for her study of eruptive processes at maar-diatreme volcanoes in Arizona, USA.
2 June: Midland Valley announces the 2010 Student Structural Prize competition is now open for entries (Closing date:12th December). Find out more at http://www.mve.com/Academic/2010-prize.html
23 Nov: Job - CRL Energy, Greymouth
14 Oct: Geology Department 2009 Photo
23 Sep: Topo50 map series released - Win a Garmin GPS unit
13 Aug: Junior Geologist Vacancy
02 Jul: Marcia Bjornerud
10 Jun: Foulden Maar project Radio NZ
01 Jun: GEOL344 - Important Notice
09 May: Autumn Graduation