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Alumni

Are you a former student (alumnus/alumna) of the Department of Geology?

Please check that your details up to date on this page and at the University Alumni Office If you are in Dunedin then please do pop in to see us. A good time to visit is at morning tea (10:15am weekdays).

Former students (Alumni) are listed here by year they finished/graduated.

Geology Alumni 2017

Geology Alumni 2016

2015

Robin Andrews

New Zealand

Robin Andrews smPhD topic: Approaches in Experimental Volcanology: Bench-Scale, Field-Scale and Mathematical Modelling of Maar-Diatreme Systems

PhD student page for Robin

Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?: Robin is currently hunting for a postdoc and freelance writing for a few science portals (http://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/innovation/life-lava-lakes-everything-using-drones-to-uncover-natures-secrets, for example). (updated March 2015)
Contact details:


Leeza Becroft smLeeza Becroft

New Zealand

MSc topic: Kinetics of grain growth: the importance of the growth exponential in the geosciences
Supervisors: Dave Prior
What is she doing now?:
Email:becle714@student.otago.ac.nz


Bobby Boesenecker smRobert W. Boessenecker (Bobby)

USA

PhD topic: Anatomy, ontogeny, functional morphology, taphonomy, and phylogenetic relationships of archaic toothless mysticetes (Eomysticetidae) from the Oligocene of New Zealand

PhD student page for Robert W. Boessenecker (Bobby)

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: Teaching introductory geology and historical geology as well as studying fossil cetaceans (chiefly Oligocene) from South Carolina.
Contact details: boesseneckerrw[at]cofc.edu


Aaspreet Boparai smAaspreet Boparai

New Zealand

MAppSci topic: Strontium Isotopes as geochemical tracers
Supervisor: Candace Martin
What is he doing now?: Working at University of Otago Library (last updated July 2015)
Contact details: aaspreet@boparai.ca


Peter Burrington smPeter Burrington

USA

MSc topic: How to be a Prehistoric Weatherman: Using n-alkanes as a Proxy for Holocene Climate and Hydrology, Southwest South Island, New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)
What is he doing now?:
Email: burpe678@student.otago.ac.nz


Imogen Browne smImogen Browne

New Zealand

MSc topic: Holocene paleoclimate at the Auckland Islands
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson
What is she doing now?: PhD in Marine Science at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, looking at past changes in Antarctic climate and Southern Ocean circulation.
Contact details:


Genevieve Coffey smGenevieve Coffey

New Zealand

MSc topic: Investigating the timing and intensity of past earthquake activity on the southern Alpine Fault using soft-sediment deformation structures
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Virginia Toy
What is she doing now?: PhD studying at Columbia University in New York looking at the thermal alteration of biomarkers in fault zones and how that relates to shearing.
Contact details:


Andrew Cross smAndrew Cross

UK

PhD title: Microstructural evolution under non-steady state deformation in mid-crustal ductile shear zones
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Virginia Toy
What is he doing now?: Postdoc at Washington University in St Louis, USA working on experimental rock deformation of olivine at upper mantle conditions with a guy called Phil Skemer
Contact details: Andrew.cross@wustl.edu


Lorelei Curtin smLorelei Curtin

USA

MSc topic: Geochemistry of Auckland Island Lake Sediments: Assessing Recent Sub-Antarctic Climate Change
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson
What is she doing now?: PhD at Columbia University
Contact details: 


Jim Dickie Jim Dickie

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Timing and conditions of mineralisation of the Blackwater Dike, Greenland Group, Westland, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
What is he doing now?:
Email: jimmydickie[at]gmail.com


James FlemingJames Fleming

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Characterisation of gold bearing lithologies, Harbour Cone, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.
Supervisor: Doug MacKenzie
What is he doing now?: Field tech at Macraes gold mine (updated March 2016).
Email: James.fleming159[at]hotmail.co.nz


Jason Grieve smJason Grieve

New Zealand

MSc topic: P-T-t and strain analysis of the Grebe Valley Shear Zone, Fiordland, NZ
Supervisors:  Dave Prior
What is he doing now?: 
Contact details: 


Jess Hillman smJess Hillman

UK

PhD title: Investigation of seafloor depressions east of New Zealand's South Island to explore their potential link to methane transport processes between the seafloor and ocean
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ingo Pecher (University of Auckland)
What is she doing now?: Postdoc at The Ohio State University, USA, using seismic data to investigate gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico in a collaborative project with University of Texas, Austin and Columbia University.
Contact details: jithillman@gmail.com


Jessica Hinojosa smJessica Hinojosa

USA

PhD topic: Records of Holocene Southern Hemisphere westerly wind variability in Fiordland, New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson (Marine Science), Claudine Stirling (Chemistry)
What is she doing now?: Postdoc at Caltech, working on a NZ paleoclimate project with Dr. Alex Sessions
Contact details: jess.l.hinojosa[at]gmail.com


Tim LennonTim Lennon

Ireland

Msc topic: Linking Shallow and Deep Features on the Shelf East and West of Stewart Island
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
What is he doing now?: Economic geologist, working in Brisbane and focusing on mineral resources and the prospectivity of hydrocarbon basins.
Contact details: lennon.tim[at]gmail.com


Aaron Lister smAaron Lister

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructures in calcite in geothermal veins
Supervisor: Dave Prior
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:


Andrew MasonAndrew Mason

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structural controls and paragenesis of gold mineralisation within the Aorere Goldfield, Northwest Nelson, New Zealand.
Supervisor: James Scott
What is he doing now?: Exploration Geologist
Email: andrew_mason[at]windowslive.com


Oliver McLeodOliver McLeod

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure and origin of mingled magma rock and columnar jointed lava at Puketeraki, Otago.
Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?: Working at the Colima Exchange and Research Centre for Volcanology in Colima, Mexico. (updated March 2016)
Email: oliveremcleod[at]gmail.com


Nichole Moerhuis smNichole Moerhuis

New Zealand

MSc topic: Deposition, Metamorphism and Mineralization of the Onekaka Schist in northwest Nelson
Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin
What is she doing now?: PhD at the University of British Columbia resolving timescales of magmatic processes and cooling in young mafic layered intrusions (focusing on the Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland) using U-Pb accessory minerals.
Contact details: nichole.moerhuis91[at]gmail.com


Ben Moorhouse smBenjamin Moorhouse

UK

PhD student page for Benjamin Moorhouse

PhD topic: The emplacement of overlapping submarine deposits of monogenetic Surtseyan-style volcanoes onto a submerged continental shelf that built-up over millions of years in the Waiareka-Deborah Volcanic Field, New Zealand
Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?:
Contact details: blm687[at]gmail.com


Tammo Reichgelt smTammo 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)
What is he doing now?: Postdoc at Columbia University in New York. The project will be on the organic chemistry of fossil leaves from New Zealand, with the end goal of figuring out vegetation response to natural climate variability in NZ. The project is a collaborative effort with Beth Fox (ex Otago) at Waikato University. (updated July 2015)
Contact details: tammo.reichgelt@otago.ac.nz


George StickGeorge Stick

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: A structural and paragenetic study of the Energetic Gold Mine, Reefton, New Zealand
Supervisors: Doug MacKenzie, James Scott
What is he doing now?: Professional masters in engineering geology at University of Canterbury (updated March 2016)
Email: stick.george[at]gmail.com.


Yoshi Tanaka_smYoshihiro Tanaka

Japan

PhD topic: Morphology and phylogeny of Oligocene dolphins (Platanistoidea) from the Waitaki region, New Zealand

  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2014. Fossil dolphin Otekaikea marplesi (latest Oligocene, New Zealand) expands the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Oligocene cetaceans. PLoS ONE 9(9): e107972. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0107972
  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2015. A new Oligo-Miocene dolphin from New Zealand: Otekaikea huata expands diversity of the early Platanistoidea. Palaeontologia Electronica 18 (2.23A): 1-71. http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2015/1161-fossil-platanistoid-dolphin
  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2015. Historically-significant late Oligocene dolphin Microcetus hectori Benham 1935: a new species of Waipatia (Platanistoidea). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03036758.2015.1016046
  • Tanaka Y, Fordyce RE 2016. Awamokoa tokarahi, a new basal dolphin in the Platanistoidea (late Oligocene, New Zealand). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
  • Tanaka Y, Fordyce RE 2016. Papahu-like fossil dolphin from Kaikoura, New Zealand, helps to fill the Early Miocene gap in the history of Odontoceti. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics.

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: Working on marine mammal fossils in Osaka Museum of Natural History, Japan as a curator.
Contact details: yoshihiro.tanaka@otago.ac.nz


Cheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai) smCheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai)

Taiwan

PhD topic: Pattern, process, and early radiation in baleen whale evolution: Late Oligocene Mysticeti from New Zealand
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow; continue with my research on fossil whales and whale evolution at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan.
Contact details: craniata@gmail.com , cheng-hsiu.tsai@otago.ac.nz


Chris Webster smChris Webster

New Zealand

MSc topic: Cataclastic Processes in Small Scale Faults at Loch Laird Recreational Reserve, Benmore, New Zealand
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
What is he doing now?:
Email:


Sam Yeo smSam Yeo

New Zealand

MSc topic: Structurally-controlled hydrothermal system in the Manuherikia Fault zone, Alexandra, Central Otago
Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Scott, Doug MacKenzie
What is she doing now?:
Contact details:


2014

Jacob Anderson smJacob Anderson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Late Quaternary ice sheet thinning and retreat in southern Victoria Land, Antarctica
Supervisor: Gary Wilson
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:


Alexis Belton smAlexis 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
What is he doing now?:
Contact details: belton.alexis@gmail.com


Tim Bush-Marcinowski smTim Bush-Marcinowski

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Analysis of the petrology of Surtsey basalts.
Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:


Hayden Dalton smHayden Dalton

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Composition of the upper mantle beneath western Dunedin Volcanic Group, East Otago.
Supervisor: James Scott
What is he doing now?:
Contact details: hayden.dalton9@gmail.com


Erin Dlabola smErin Dlabola

USA

MSc (Marine Science) topic: A post-glacial relative sea level curve for Fiordland, New Zealand
Supervisors: Gary  Wilson (Marine Science), Andrew Gorman, Helen Neil (NIWA)
What is she doing now?: Research assistant at the Geological Survey of Canada. (updated August 2015)
Contact details:
erin.dlabola@otago.ac.nz


Joanna Druzbicka smJoanna (Asia) Druzbicka

Poland

PhD title: Geological controls on environmental impacts and management strategies for mined mesothermal and placer gold deposits
Supervisor: Dave Craw
What is she doing now?: Living in Northland, NZ
Contact details:


Vegar Einvik-Heitmann_smVegar 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
What is he doing now?: Doing his masters on the Mandawa Basin in Tanzania at the University of Oslo
Contact details: vegar@lm38.net


James Griffiths smJames Griffiths

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Microstructural analysis of samples deformed in earthquake-like laboratory experiments.
Supervisor:  Steve Smith
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:


Simone Hicks smSimone Hicks

Germany

PhD title: Ecological and sedimentological evolution of the volcanically active Oligocene continental shelf, east Otago, New Zealand
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, James White, Daphne Lee
What is she doing now?: Working at Robertson CGG in their biostrat department, based in North Wales, Llsndudno (updated March 2015)
Contact details:
simone.hicks@web.de


Jelte Keeman smJelte Keeman

New Zealand

MSc topic: Provenance and age of igneous clasts in Mesozoic Murihiku conglomerates, Catlins Coast, New Zealand
Supervisor: Mike Palin
What is he doing now?: PhD student at Macquarie University with a topic of "Zircon as a tool for provenance & geodynamic evolution studies"
Contact details:
jckeeman AT gmail.com


Zoe Reid-Lindroos smZoe Reid Lindroos

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructures developed during creep deformation of quartz: an investigation of shape and crystallographic characteristics
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
What is she doing now?: Working as a Graduate/Underground Geologist for St Barbara at King of the Hill mine in Western Australia
Contact details:
 zoe.reidlindroos@gmail.com


Tristan Menzies_smTristan Menzies

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure and mineralisation of the Moonlight Fault Zone: Moke Lake, Queenstown.
Supervisor: Steve Smith
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:


Markham Phillips smMarkham Phillips

USA/Jamaica

MSc topic: Sams Creek gold prospect, Takaka valley, NW Nelson
Supervisors: Dave Craw, Doug MacKenzie
What is he doing now?:
Contact details:
markhamphillips@gmail.com


2013


Gabriel AguirreGabriel Aguirre

Mexico

PhD title: Neogene dolphins from New Zealand: implications for the evolution of the family Kentriodontidae

PhD student page for Gabriel

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: Publishing bursary at Otago, then...  (updated June 2013)
Contact details:


Andreas AuerAndreas Auer

Germany

 (also former staff)

PhD title: Geology of the Kiwikiwi Formation

PhD student page for Andreas

Supervisor: James White

What is he doing now?: Looking for work in Germany.

(updated August 2013)

Contact Details: aui-post@outlook.de


Nic BarthNicolas Barth

USA

PhD title: A Tectono-Geomorphic Study of the Alpine Fault, New Zealand

Supervisors: Virginia ToyRichard NorrisAlan Cooper

What is he doing now?:Assistant Professor of Neotectonics at the University of California - Riverside

(updated November 2014)

Contact details: nic.barth@ucr.edu


Marco BilliaMarco Billia

Switzerland

PhD title: Strain weakening visco-plasticity in quartzofeldspathic mylonites: A petrological, microstructural and numerical modelling study of the Alpine Fault Zone, New Zealand

Supervisors: Virginia ToyRichard Norris

What is he doing now?: Travelling across Canada before looking for work.

Contact details: marco.billia@alumni.ethz.ch


Callum BruceCallum Bruce

New Zealand

MSc title: Inversion of shallow amplitude anomalies in multi-channel seismic reflection data from the Reinga Basin
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
What is he doing now?: Geophysicist at Reveal Infrastructure Ltd.
Contact details: callum@revealinfrastructure.co.nz


Beth FoxBethany Fox

UK

PhD title: Climate Change at the Oligocene/Miocene Boundary

Supervisors: Gary Wilson, Daphne Lee

What is she doing now?: Lectureship at University of Waikato in sedimentary geology.

Contact details:bethany.fox@gmail.com


Uwe KaulfussUwe Kaulfuss

Germany

PhD title: Geology and Paleontology of Foulden Maar, Otago, New Zealand

Supervisor: Daphne Lee

What is he doing now?: Post Doctoral Fellow/ Teaching Fellow at the Department of Geology, University of Otago

Contact details:


Nathalie LefebvreNathalie Lefebvre

Canada

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

PhD student page for Nathalie

Supervisors: James White, Alan Cooper

What is she doing now?: Travelling across Canada before looking for work.

Contact details:


Carolina LochCarolina Loch S. Silva

Brazil

PhD title: Morphology, structure and evolution of teeth in fossil and modern odontocetes (Cetacea)

PhD student page for Carolina

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Jules Kieser (Dentistry Department)

What is she doing now?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sir John Walsh Research Institute Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago

& Research Collaborator Geology Department, University of Otago and Laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos UFSC Florianópolis, SC - Brasil

Contact details:

Phone: +(64) 03 479-5667 
Email: carolina.loch@otago.ac.nz


Felix MarxFelix Marx

Austria

PhD title: The evolutionary relationships and disparity of baleen whales (Mysticeti)

Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce (Otago), Marcello Ruta and Michael Benton (University of Bristol, UK)

What is he doing now?: Research fellow, Department of Geology, University of Otago

Contact details:


Marshall PalmerMarshall Palmer

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Timing and conditions of metamorphism in Greenland Group in south Westland, New Zealand

Supervisors: James Scott, Dave Prior

Contact details:


Tom RitchieTom Ritchie

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Metamorphism and Plutonism in the Waipuna Valley, North Westland

Supervisor: James Scott

Contact details:


Matt SagarMatt Sagar

New Zealand

PhD title: Geology, petrology and thermochronology of the Glenroy Complex and associated granitoids, southeast Nelson, New Zealand

Supervisors: Michael Palin, Virginia Toy

What is he doing now? Teaching fellow, Department of Geology, University of Otago

Contact details:


Matt SmillieMatt Smillie

New Zealand

MSc title: Seismic oceanographical imaging of the ocean S.E. of NZ

Supervisor: Andrew Gorman

What is he doing now?: Technical Assistant, Geoscience Information Services Unit, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals (NZP&M)

Contact details:

Work: +64 4 978 3176 Matthew.Smillie@mbie.govt.nz


Sam StephensSam Stephens

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Characterisation of Gold Mineralisation and Geophysical aided Geologic Mapping in the Old Man Range, Central Otago, New Zealand

Supervisors: Dave Craw, Doug Mackenzie

Contact details:


Claudio TapiaClaudio Tapia

Chile

PhD title: Calibrating the Southern Hemisphere Glacio-Eustasy Record

Supervisor: Gary Wilson

What is he doing now?: Teaching Support Technician, Curator, Otago Paleomagnetic Research Facility supervisor, Department of Geology, University of Otago.

Contact details:


2012


Hannah ScottHannah Scott

New Zealand

MSc title: Cataclastic Processes within the Alpine Fault Zone

Supervisor: Virginia Toy

What is she doing now?: Manager of Stadium Market, Dunedin.

(updated July 2013)

Contact details: hannah@thescott.co.nz


Betina FlemingBetina Fleming

Australia

BSc(Hons) title: Holocene sediment on the Otago Shelf

Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Chris Moy

Email:


Alice HodgkinsonAlice Hodgkinson

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) title: Petrography and mineral chemistry of mantle xenoliths found at Kattothryst, North Otago.

Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin, Alan Cooper

Email:


James STewartJames Stewart

New Zealand

PGDipSci title: Characterisation of gold bearing quartz veins at the historic Garibaldi gold fields, Central Otago, New Zealand. 

Supervisors: Dave Craw, Doug MacKenzie

Email: theflyingscot@xtra.co.nz


Kate McKercherKate McKercher

New Zealand

MSc Thesis: Titanium-in-quartz geothermometry: tracing siliciclastic sediment across the South Island

Supervisors: Candace Martin / Michael Palin

What is she doing now?: Mine tech at Reefton gold mine. (updated July 2013)

Contact Details:katemckercher@gmail.com


Ewen RodwayEwen Rodway

New Zealand

MSc title: Ti-in-quartz geothermometry and sediment provenance in the Western Southland basin

Supervisor: Michael Palin

Contact Details:


Pont LurcockDr Pont Lurcock

UK

PhD title: Palaeomagnetism of Palaeogene strata from southern Zealandia: Implications for ice in the greenhouse

Supervisor: Gary Wilson (Marine Science)

What is he doing now?: Researcher at INGV (the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) in Rome. Mainly working on Holocene environmental magnetism and magnetostratigraphy.

Contact details:

pont201112@gmail.com


Daniel JonesDaniel Jones

New Zealand

MSc title: The Geophysical Characterisation of the Foulden Maar

Supervisor: Gary Wilson (Marine Science), Andrew Gorman

What is he doing now?: Pit Geologist, Yarrabee Coal Company, Blackwater, Queensland, Australia

(updated August 2012)

Contact details:1danieljones1@gmail.com


Christian OhneiserDr Christian Ohneiser

New Zealand

PhD title: Late Neogene evolution of the Antarctic cryosphere as derived from paleo- and environmental- magnetic studies of New Harbour drill cores

Supervisor: Gary Wilson (Marine Science)

What is he doing now?: Lecturer in Department of Geology, University of Otago

Contact details:


2011


Faye NelsonDr Faye Nelson

Canada

PhD title: Paleomagnetic records of the last two million years of climate and oceanographic change in the New Zealand sector of the South Pacific

Supervisor: Gary Wilson

What is she doing now?: Assistant Research Fellow (Marine Science, Office in Geology Department).

Email: faye.nelson@otago.ac.nz


2001


Karoly-NemethKaroly Nemeth

PhD title: Phreatomagmatic volcanism at the Waipiata volcanic field, Otago, New Zealand

PhD student page for Karoly

Supervisor: James White

What is he doing now?:

Email:


1990


Tim AllanTim Allan

New Zealand

MSc title: High resolution seismic study of the offshore extension of the Waihemo fault system

Supervisor: Peter Koons

What is he doing now?: Oil and gas exploration, based in Vienna, Austria.

Email: tim.allan@omv.com


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