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Former staff

Academic and research staff

Ordered chronologically, latest to leave are listed first. Some Academic staff that have retired have continued on as Emeritus professors, for the purposes of this list they are listed by date retired.

2014


Matt Sagar smDr Matt Sagar

Teaching fellow
BscHons, PhD(Otago)

Left late 2014

While at Otago:

  • 100- and 200-level teaching (EAOS111, GEOL112 and GEOL252)
  • U-Pb geochronology
  • 40Ar/39Ar and fission-track thermochronology
  • New Zealand tectonics

What is he doing now?: Awarded Rutherford Foundation New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowship to study “Alpine Fault “Big Bend”: Evolution and earthquake hazard” at Victoria University of Wellington starting in 2015

Contact details: matt.sagar@vuw.ac.nz

2013


Steve KidderDr Steven Kidder

Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S. (Univ. of Minnesota), M.S. (Univ. of Arizona)
Ph.D. (Caltech)

Left late 2013

While at Otago Steve researched:

  • Structural geology
  • lithospheric rheology
  • tectonics
  • deformation mechanisms & microstructures

What is he doing now? He will begin as an assistant professor at City College New York in Manhattan beginning in January 2014.

(last updated December 2013)

Contact details: www.StevenKidderGeologist.com


Martin JutzelerDr Martin Jutzeler

Post Doctoral Fellow
MSc (Lausanne), PhD (Tasmania)

Left in 2013

While at Otago Martin researched:

  • Explosive subaqueous eruptions
  • Volcaniclastic sedimentology

What is he doing now? Position at The National Oceanography Centre Southampton

(last updated May 2013)

Contact details: jutzeler@gmail.com


2012


Dushan JugumDr Dushan Jugum

MSc BSc (Auckland) PhD(Otago)

Left in 2012

While at Otago Dushan was in charge of:

  • teaching laboratories stages 1 - 3
  • teaching field trips stages 1 - 2

What is he doing now? Master's degree at teachers college at Otago University

(last updated March 2015)

Contact details: dushan@geology.co.nz


2011


Richard Norris smEmeritus Professor Richard J Norris
MA DPhil(Oxon) FGS FRSNZ

Retired in 2011, Passed away in 2016

Research interests(while at Otago):

  • structural geology & tectonics
  • neotectonics, paleoseismology, Alpine Fault structure
  • N.Z. Cenozoic tectonics & basin evolution
  • deformation in the Haast Schists

200?


Phaedra UptonDr. Phaedra Upton

DipGrad, PhD(Otago)
BSc (Canterbury)

left in

Research interests(while at Otago):

  • Active deformation in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
  • Regional studies of fault mechanics and anisotropy in the Otago Schist
  • Mechanical investigations of the Macraes Mine
  • Fluid flow in ancient and modern orogenic belts
  • Interaction between erosion and tectonics, projects in Taiwan and the Himalaya
  • Geodynamics of the ancient orogens, the Acadian orogeny
  • Exhumation of ultrahigh pressure rocks of Western Norway

What is she doing now? Landform modeller, GNS Science

(last updated August 2012)

Contact details:

Email link (GNS)


2009

Rick SibsonProfessor Emeritus Richard H. Sibson

BSc(Auck) MSc PhD DIC(Lond) FRS FGS FRSNZ

Retired in 2009

Research interests:

  • Structural analysis of the 2010-2012 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence
  • Seismotectonics of active compressional inversion in NE Honshu and the physical conditions of seismogenesis along subduction megathrusts
  •  seismogenesis in the Buller region of active compressional inversion
  •  earthquake rupturing in fluid-overpressured crust

What is he doing now? : He is an Emeritus Professor at this department and also adjunct professor at University of Canterbury (last updated August 2012)

Contact details:

60 Brabant Drive
Mapua 7005, Tasman District
New Zealand

Phone: +64-3-540-3713 (or +64-3-304-8003 - Takamatua)

Email rick.sibson@otago.ac.nz


Francesca GhisettiProfessor Francesca C. Ghisetti

Dottore in Scienze Geologiche(Catania) Fellow National Council of Research(Italy)

Left in 200?

Research interests:

  • Structural analysis of fold-and-thrust belts, section balancing, stress inversions
  • Structural analysis of active faults
  • Basin evolution and fault-controlled sedimentation
  • Microstructural assemblages of brittle fault rocks
  • Field mapping of sedimentary, metamorphic and volcanic assemblages
  • Regional Tectonics
  • Tectonic geomorphology, Quaternary geology, and Neotectonics
  • Seismotectonics and seismic hazard assessment
  • Geological map editing and publishing, GIS

What is she doing now? :

(last updated August 2012)

Contact details:


2006


Cathy RufautDr Cathy G Rufaut

Dip. Wildlife Management (Otago), MSc (Victoria), PhD (Otago)

Research Fellow Left in 2006

Research interests:

  • Ecological Restoration of Mine Sites
  • Conservation Ecology
  • The documentation, restoration and monitoring of biological communities in disturbed habitats.

What is she doing now? : Casual work in mine site rehabilitation with Dave Craw and raising children.

Contact details:cathy.rufaut@otago.ac.nz


Doug CoombsProfessor Emeritus Douglas S. Coombs

Passed away in 2016

  • mineralogy and petrology of metamorphic and igneous rocks
  • New Zealand tectonics

General/technical Staff

2017


Claudio Tapia smDr Claudio A. Tapia

Left in 2017

What he did at the Department of Geology: Teaching fellow, Teaching Support Technician, Curator, Otago Paleomagnetic Research Facility supervisor

What is he doing now?: Lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Temuco in the Natural Resources Faculty ( http://geologia.uct.cl) in Chile

Contact details: Contact us


2016


Kat Lilly smDr Kat Lilly

Left in 2016

What she did at the Department of Geology: Scientific officer, SEM

What is she doing now?: Computer Science Dip Grad

(Last updated May 2017)

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2015


Adrien DeverAdrien Dever

Retired April 2015

What she did at the Department of Geology: Academic Administrator

What is she doing now?: Enjoying retirement and playing golf.

(Last updated April 2015)

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John Williams smDr John G Williams

Retired July 2015

What he did at the Department of Geology: Departmental Administrator

What is he doing now?: "I am off to Nepal in mid October [2015] to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity for earthquake victims and do a little tramping. I also want to do volunteer work at the Orokunui Ecosanctuary."

(Last updated August 2015)

Contact details: margandjohn43[@]gmail.com Phone: 03 4503410

2013


Andreas AuerAndreas Auer

Left in 2013

What he did at the Department of Geology: Electron Microprobe Officer & Teaching Fellow (also former student)

Research interests:

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

(updated August 2013)

Contact details:aui-post@outlook.de


 2011


Mike TrinderMike W Trinder

Retired in 2011

What he did at the Department of Geology: Senior Technical Officer & Departmental Health and Safety Officer.

  • electronics, computers, electrical
  • palaeomagnetism laboratory

What is he doing now?: Mike is enjoying retirement. He still pops in occasionally for morning teas and does some odd electrical jobs to keep the department equipment running.

(last updated August 2012)

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2010


Andrew GrebneffAndrew Grebneff

Passed away in 2010

What he did at the Department of Geology: Paleontology Lab Technician

  • Fossil Preparation
  • Curation and conservation of collections

Kay SwannKay Swann

Left in 2010

What she did at the Department of Geology: Scientific Illustrator

  • computer graphics support
  • website management
  • GIS system

What is she doing now?: Kay moved to England to live with her husband.

(last updated August 2012)

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