The field of environmental geology is a major part of the research carried out by staff and students in the Department of Geology here at the University of Otago.
Most of our staff members have at least some active research projects in environmental geology and each year we have several postgraduate students working on environmental problems. We have a great deal of research equipment and facilities available for staff, students and research collaborators.
Projects with detailed information available on our website include:
- Mine Restoration of an active gold mine and a closed coal mine including ecological restoration
- Metals in the environment: arsenic, antimony, mercury, and more, including acid mine drainage
- Impact of volcanic eruptions on the environment: landslides, resedimentation, pyroclastic deposits and more
- Biogeochemical cycles, radiogenic isotope and trace element geochemistry
- Sutton Salt Lake, Otago
- Paleoceanography, palaeoclimatology, Antarctic ice record, and more
- Rate of evolution
- River Capture
For more information about Environmental Geology and Environmental Science please contact Prof. Dave Craw.
For details about our other research take a look at our research section.