Department of Geology

Postgraduate Students

PhD

Robin Andrews

Robin Andrews

UK

PhD Title (Working): Investigating the cratering and thermodynamics of the phreatomagmatic 1886 Rotomahana eruption

Supervisor: James White

Email:  r.c.andrews@btinternet.com

Andreas Auer

Andreas Auer

Germany

PhD title: Sedimentary Response to Debris Avalanche and Eruption at Mt Ruapehu (PhD completed July 2013)

Supervisor: James White

Email auean368@student.otago.ac.nz

Robert W. Boessenecker

Robert W. Boessenecker (Bobby)

USA

PhD title: Morphology, phylogeny, and function of Eomysticetidae, archaic baleen whales (Cetacea: Mysticeti) from the Oligocene of New Zealand

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce

Email: robert.boessenecker [at] otago.ac.nz

Josh Corrie

Josh Corrie

USA

PhD topic: Systematics and morphology of archaic kekenodontids from the Oligocene of New Zealand. 

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce

Email: josh.corrie@otago.ac.nz

Joanna Cooper

Joanna Cooper

Canada

PhD title: Investigating water-mass mixing across the Sub-tropical Front east of the South Island using seismic oceanography.

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ross Vennell (Marine Science).

Ingo Pecher (GNS Science)

Email: coojo202@student.otago.ac.nz

Andy Cross

Andrew Cross

UK

PhD title: A study of the interplay between brittle and ductile processes on the Alpine Fault Zone, New Zealand, and implications for the seismic cycle.

Supervisors:Dave Prior, Virginia Toy

Email: ajcross89@gmail.com

Tom Czertowicz

Tom Czertowicz

UK

PhD topic: Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Anita Shear Zone, NW Fiordland

Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin, Virginia Toy

Email:thomasczertowicz@gmail.com

Joanna (Asia) Druzbicka

Joanna (Asia) Druzbicka

Poland

PhD title: Geological controls on environmental impacts and management strategies for mesothermal and placer gold deposits (submitted 2013)

Supervisor: Dave Craw

Email:drujo454@student.otago.ac.nz

Lauren Farmer

Lauren Farmer

UK

PhD title: Investigating the temporal and spatial association between gold and tungsten at Macraes Mine, Central Otago

Supervisor: Dave Craw , Damon Teagle (Southampton)

Email: lauren_far@hotmail.com

Douglas Fraser

Douglas Fraser

New Zealand

PhD title: Seismic characterisation of hydrate / shallow gas systems associated with active margin sediments in the Pegasus Sub-basin, Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ingo Pecher (University of Auckland)

Email:

Carolyn Gorny

Carolyn Gorny (On Hold)

USA

PhD title: Origin of Pleistocene lava-hyaloclastite sheets, southeast Iceland

Supervisors: James White, Magnus Gutmundsson (University of Iceland)

Email:gorca699@student.otago.ac.nz

Simone Hicks

Simone Hicks

Germany

PhD title: Ecological and sedimentological evolution of the volcanically active Oligocene continental shelf, east Otago, New Zealand (PhD Submitted 2014)

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, James White, Daphne Lee

Email: simone.hicks@web.de

Jess Hillman

Jess Hillman

UK

PhD title: Investigation of seafloor depression formation on the Chatham Rise, New Zealand to better understand climate-driven methane release from gas hydrates.

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ingo Pecher (University of Auckland)

Email: jithillman@gmail.com

Jessica Hinojosa

Jessica Hinojosa

USA

PhD topic: A stable isotope investigation of Holocene paleoclimate in Fiordland

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson

Email: hinje976@student.otago.ac.nz

Gemma Kerr

Gemma Kerr

UK

PhD topic: Mineralogical and geochemical controls on mine water discharge composition.

Supervisor: Dave Craw

Email: kerge392@student.otago.ac.nz

Adrienn

Adrienn Kovacs

Hungary

PhD title: Geophysical characterisation of the Alpine Fault throughout and beneath Whataroa Valley, Haast River and Turnbull River, Westland, New Zealand

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Richard Norris

Email: kovad091@student.otago.ac.nz

Nathalie Lefebvre

Nathalie Lefebvre

Canada

(PhD completed 2013)

PhD topic: Volcanology of maar-diatreme volcanic vent complexes, Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field, Arizona, USA

Supervisors: James White, Alan Cooper

Email: lefna448@student.otago.ac.nz

Michael May

Michael May

USA

PhD topic: 1886 Maar forming Eruption of Rotomahana, NZ

Supervisor: James White

Email: maymi024@student.otago.ac.nz

Benjamin Moorhouse

Benjamin Moorhouse

UK

PhD topic: Investigating the eruptive processes of shallow-marine volcanoes on the Oligocene continental shelf, east Otago, New Zealand

Supervisor: James White

Email: blm687@gmail.com

Moyna Mueller

Moyna Mueller

PhD topic: Palaeontology, Hector’s dolphin,  comparative flipper anatomy, morphology and taxonomy

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Jo Stanton, (Anatomy and Structural Biology), Steve Dawson (Marine Science)

Email: moyna.muller@otago.ac.nz

Giuseppe Re

Giuseppe Re (Peppe)

Italy

PhD topic: Maar diatreme system in Hopi Buttes, Navajo Nation, AZ, USA

Supervisor: James White

Email: regi7084@student.otago.ac.nz

Tammo Reichgelt

Tammo Reichgelt

The Netherlands

PhD topic: Reconstructing New Zealand Early and Late Miocene climate from leaf fossils and analogues to modern ecosystems

Supervisors: Daphne Lee, Ewan Fordyce, Liz Kennedy (GNS), John Conran (Uni. Adelaide)

Email: tammo.reichgelt@otago.ac.nz

Jeffrey Robinson

Jeffrey Robinson

New Zealand

PhD topic: Fossil and Recent Brachiopods

Supervisor: Daphne Lee

Email: jeffreyhrobinson@yahoo.co.nz

Meike Seideman

Meike Seideman

Germany

PhD topic: Microstructural evolution of ice during episodic creep.

Supervisor: Dave Prior, Pat Langhorne (Physics), Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)

Email: seime036@student.otago.ac.nz

Yoshi Tanaka

Yoshihiro Tanaka

Japan

PhD topic: Platanistoid-like dolphins from the Otekaike Limestone: taxonomy, systematics and lifestyle

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce

Email: tanyo501@student.otago.ac.nz

Cheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai)

Cheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai)

Taiwan

PhD topic: Systematics and functional morphology in early Mauicetus-like baleen whales.

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce

Email: craniata@gmail.com

Matt Vaughan

Matt Vaughan

Canada

PhD topic: Seismic characterisation of sea-ice.

Supervisors: Dave Prior, Andrew Gorman, Pat Langhorne (Physics)

Email: vauma301@student.otago.ac.nz

Katrin Wellnitz

Katrin Wellnitz

Germany

PhD topic: An examination of carbonate alteration zones in the Southern Alps, New Zealand, with the goal of understanding the fluid-rock interaction and assessing the potential link between gold mineralisation and lamprophyre magmatism

Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin

Email: katrin.wellnitz@otago.ac.nz

Jack Williams

Jack Williams

UK

PhD topic: Characterisation of fractures in fault damage zones

Supervisors: Virginia Toy, Steve Smith

Email: wilja541@student.otago.ac.nz

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Master of Science (MSc)

Cameron Abbey

Cameron Abbey

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characterisation of submarine canyons off the Otago coast

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

Email: c.abbey@live.com

Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson

New Zealand

MSc topic: East Antarctic Ice Sheet thinning and retreat of the Ross Sea Ice Sheet

Supervisor: Gary Wilson

Email: jacob.anderson@otago.ac.nz

James Ashley

James Ashley

New Zealand

MSc topic: Surface heat flow in the Otago Region and its implications for ground temperatures

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

Email: j_c_ashley@hotmail.com

Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker

New Zealand

MSc topic: Gas hydrates in New Zealand basins

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

Email: bakdy008@student.otago.ac.nz

Leeza Becroft

Leeza Becroft

New Zealand

MSc topic: Kinetics of grain growth: the importance of the growth exponential in the geosciences

Supervisors: Dave Prior, James Scott

Email:becle714@student.otago.ac.nz

Aaspreet Boparai

Aaspreet Boparai

New Zealand

MAppSci topic: Strontium Isotopes as geochemical tracers

Supervisor: Candace Martin

Email: aaspreet@boparai.ca

Imogen Browne

Imogen Browne

New Zealand

MSc topic: Holocene paleoclimate in Fiordland and Auckland Islands

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson

Email:broim053@student.otago.ac.nz

Peter Burrington

Peter Burrington

USA

MSc topic: Compound-Specific D/H Ratios of Lipid Biomarkers as a Proxy for Holocene Climate and Hydrology, Fiordland, New Zealand

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)

Email: burpe678@student.otago.ac.nz

Genevieve Coffey

Genevieve Coffey

New Zealand

MSc topic: Sedimentology and neo-tectonics of the Cascade River, South-Westland, NZ

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Virginia Toy

Email: cofge001@student.otago.ac.nz

Lorelei Curtin

Lorelei Curtin

USA

MSc topic: Holocene Lake cores from the Auckland Islands

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson

Email: curlo754@student.otago.ac.nz

Erin Dlabola

Erin Dlabola

USA

MSc (Marine Science) topic: Reconstructing sea level rise since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in Fiordland, NZ

MSc submitted March 2014

Supervisors: Gary  Wilson (Marine Science), Andrew Gorman, Helen Neil (NIWA)

Email:dlaer739@student.otago.ac.nz

Madison Frank

Madison Frank

USA

MSc topic: Brittle faulting and fluid flow in basement rocks of coastal Otago (South Island, New Zealand)

Supervisor: Steve Smith

Email: frama108@student.otago.ac.nz

James Galloway

James Galloway

New Zealand

MSc topic: Igneous Petrogenesis of the Takitimu Range

Supervisor: Mike Palin

Email: galja384@student.otago.ac.nz

Jason Grieve

Jason Grieve

New Zealand

MSc topic: P-T-t and strain analysis of the Grebe Valley Shear Zone, Fiordland, NZ

Supervisors:  Dave Prior, James Scott

Email: grija811@student.otago.ac.nz

Andy Holt

Andy Holt

USA

MSc topic: Analysis of and mapping of strata and overburden using seismology and other GIS techniques.

Supervisors:  Andrew Gorman

Email: holan932@student.otago.ac.nz

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Leaf fossils in silcrete within the Gore lignite measures

Supervisor: Daphne Lee

Email: jacjo326@student.otago.ac.nz

Jelte Keeman

Jelte Keeman

New Zealand

MSc topic: Provenance and age of Igneous clasts in Mesozoic Murihiku conglomerates, Catlins, NZ

MSc submitted March 2014

Supervisor: Mike Palin

Email: keeje458@student.otago.ac.nz

Patrick Lepine

Patrick Lepine

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characterisation of the sedimentary fill of the Whataroa glacial valley in the vicinity of the Alpine Fault, Westland.

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

Email:leppa647@student.otago.ac.nz

Aaron Lister

Aaron Lister

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructures in calcite in geothermal veins

Supervisor: Dave Prior

Email: lisaa724@student.otago.ac.nz

Loren Mathewson

Loren Mathewson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Deep fault drilling project online drilling collecting mud-gas isotope data (H2, He, N, O, CH, Ar, CO2)

Supervisor: Virginia Toy, Sarah Mager (Geography)

Email: matlo181@student.otago.ac.nz

Christine McLachlan

Christine McLachlan

New Zealand

MSc (Marine Science) topic: An investigation of the linkage of Saunders Ridges, Otago, to a rapid sea level rise event

Supervisors: Gary Wilson, Andrew Gorman, Chris Moy , Lionel Carter (Victoria)

Email: mclch105@student.otago.ac.nz

Nichole Moerhuis

Nichole Moerhuis

New Zealand

MSc topic: Determining petrology and geochemistry of schists and intrusives in Takaka Nelson.

Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin

Email: tui.stella@gmail.com

Tal Partridge

Tal Partridge

New Zealand

MSc topic: The spatial and chemical controls on secondary mineralization at Echo coal mine near Reefton

Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Pope (CRL), Dave Trumm (CRL)

Email: taliesen.partridge@gmail.com

Vince Pettinger

Vince Pettinger

New Zealand

MSc topic: Radiogenic isotope geochemistry of glaciers, lakes and rivers within the Waitaki Basin

Supervisor: Candace Martin, Sylvia Sander(Chemistry)

Email:petvi624@student.otago.ac.nz

Markham Phillips

Markham Phillips

USA/Jamaica

MSc topic: Sams Creek gold prospect, Takaka valley, NW Nelson

Supervisors: Dave Craw, Doug MacKenzie

Email: markhamphillips@gmail.com

Zoe Reid Lindroos

Zoe Reid Lindroos

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructures developed during creep deformation of olivine and quartz: An investigation of the relationship between shape preferred orientation and crystallographic preferred orientation (MSc submitted 2014)

Supervisor: Virginia Toy

Email: reizo955@student.otago.ac.nz

Ben Ross

Ben Ross

New Zealand

MSc topic: Marine Geophysical survey, Auckland Islands

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Gary Wilson

Email:rosbe880@student.otago.ac.nz

Chris Webster

Chris Webster

New Zealand

MSc topic: Grain Size Analysis of Cataclasites within the Otago Schist

Supervisor: Virginia Toy

Email:webch447@student.otago.ac.nz

Sam Yeo

Sam Yeo

New Zealand

MSc topic: Structurally-controlled hydrothermal system in the Manuherikia Fault zone, Alexandra, Central Otago

Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Scott, Doug MacKenzie

Email: yeosa208@student.otago.ac.nz

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

Simon Alder

Simon Alder

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure and seismicity in the Moonlight Fault Zone: Matukituki valley, Wanaka 

Supervisors: Steve Smith, James Scott

Email: aldsi685@student.otago.ac.nz

Alexis Belton

Alexis Belton

New Zealand/France

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure, timing and geothermobarometry of a progressive regional metamorphic sequence in the Greenland Group, Collie Range, Westland, New Zealand.

Supervisor: James Scott

Email: belton.alexis@gmail.com

Tim Bush-Marcinowski

Tim Bush-Marcinowski

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Analysis of the petrology of Surtsey basalts.

Supervisor: James White

Email:busti707@student.otago.ac.nz

Jordan Crase

Jordan Crase

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Analysis of peridotite xenoliths from Hidden Rivulet, South Westland

Supervisor: James Scott

Email: jordan.crase@gmail.com

Hayden Dalton

Hayden Dalton

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Composition of the upper mantle beneath western Dunedin Volcanic Group, East Otago.

Supervisor: James Scott

Email: dalha129@student.otago.ac.nz

Henry Gard

Henry Gard

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: The paleoecology of the Pomahaka Formation, South Otago

Supervisors: Daphne Lee, Ewan Fordyce

Email: garhe654@student.otago.ac.nz

James Griffiths

James Griffiths

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Microstructural analysis of samples deformed in earthquake-like laboratory experiments.

Supervisor:  Steve Smith

Email: grija511@student.otago.ac.nz

Laurine van Haastrecht

Laurine van Haastrecht

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Seismic imaging of the Waihemo Fault zone in the Canterbury Basin off the north coast of Otago

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

Email: vanla972@student.otago.ac.nz

Tristan Menzies

Tristan Menzies

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure and mineralisation of the Moonlight Fault Zone: Moke Lake, Queenstown.

Supervisors: Steve Smith, James Scott

Email: mentr582@student.otago.ac.nz

Marcus Richards

Marcus Richards

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Shallow marine sediments in the Maniototo: Implications for Oligocene paleogeography

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Daphne Lee

Email: marcus.richards@otago.ac.nz

 

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Kieran Crookbain

Kieran Crookbain

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Analysis of  Microstructures in Calcite deformed in fault like experiments

Supervisor: Steve Smith

Email: k.crookbain1804@gmail.com

Vegar Einvik-Heitmann

Vegar Einvik-Heitmann

Norway

PGDipSci topic: Unravelling the secrets of the Auckland Island Fjords: a paleomagnetic study of Holocene sediment cores

Supervisors: Chris Moy, Christian Ohneiser

Email: vegar@lm38.net

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Seismic study of lake Ohau

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)

Email: mike.mk.krause@gmail.com

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Students co-supervised by geology staff

These are students that have primary supervisors and office spaces in other departments. They have secondary supervisors in the Department of Geology.

Vivienne Bryner

Vivienne Bryner

New Zealand/Switzerland

PhD topic: Communicating the sciences of disaster risk reduction: stories surrounding the Canterbury Earthquakes

Supervisors: Jean Fleming(Science Communication), Richard Norris

Email: vivienne.bryner@gmail.com

Kai Chun Li

Kai Chun Li

PhD topic: Investigation of the porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) interface between dental porcelain enamelled to a cast and CAD/CAM cobalt-chromium dental alloys

Supervisors: Michael Swain (Dentistry), Dave Prior, Neil Waddell (Dentistry)

Email: lika6144@student.otago.ac.nz

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

UK

PhD title: Water mass mixing processes across the Subtropical and Subantarctic fronts near New Zealand

Supervisors: Ross Vennell (Marine Science) and Andrew Gorman

Email: robsmithrobsmith@gmail.com

Pei-Hua Wu

Pei-hua Wu

PhD topic: Lapita to Post-Lapita Pottery Transition in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea

Supervisors: Glen Summerhayes (Archaeology), Dave Prior

Email: peihuawu1107@gmail.com

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