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Otago’s Mountain Research Centre explores snow, ice and glaciers in our changing climate

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 11:18am

Tackling the uncertainty of how changes to snow and ice cover will impact New Zealand’s water resources is one of the goals of University of Otago’s Mountain Research Centre (MRC).

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Snow’s response to climate change the focus of new project

Thursday, 17 June 2021 8:51am

Snow falling in Aotearoa/New Zealand’s mountain regions is a major source of freshwater, but how much snow is being stored and how it’s expected to contribute to future stream flows with our changing climate remains uncertain.

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Humanities academics scoop top Otago award

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 3:53pm

Religion programme Professor Ben Schonthal and Religion Head of Programme Associate Professor John Shaver are joint 2021 recipients of the University’s premier research award, the Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal. Division of Humanties academics Dr Christina Ergler (School of Geography) and Dr Anna High (Law) were recently announced as Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research recipients.

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Otago scoops half of Geographical Society awards

Monday, 14 June 2021 5:12pm

As the University of Otago’s School of Geography marks its 75th year it has extra cause for celebration – its students and staff have scooped half the recently announced New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) annual awards.

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"True ambassador for impact assessment" receives international award

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:35pm

Geography Emeritus Professor Richard Morgan has received a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), the leading international organisation promoting and supporting impact assessment for informed decision-making regarding policies, programmes, plans and projects.

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Looking at future of Antarctic through an Indigenous Māori lens

Thursday, 27 May 2021 4:29pm

It is time for the management and conservation of the Antarctic to begin focusing on responsibility, rather than rights, through an Indigenous Māori framework, a University of Otago academic argues.

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Greenspace therapeutic for refugees

Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:41am

From sweeping beaches to a neighbourhood park, therapeutic landscapes are beneficial for former refugees’ health and wellbeing, a University of Otago study has found.

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Ten students from one Aiga

Tuesday, 30 March 2021 9:22am

Ten members of one Aiga (family) are currently studying at the Dunedin Campus in 2021.

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Study identifies significance of atmospheric rivers for New Zealand

Thursday, 11 February 2021 11:48am

A University of Otago study has provided the first detailed analysis of atmospheric rivers and their impact on New Zealand weather events.

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Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding

Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:41am

University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.

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Dunedin energy study shows worrying trends

Monday, 9 November 2020 4:37pm

More diesel use; less renewable energy; less energy efficiency; more carbon emissions – a new report from the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability identifies many worrying energy use trends in Dunedin.

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Otago research reveals pre-schoolers to be holistic city planners

Thursday, 10 September 2020 9:26am

New evidence shows pre-schoolers are some of the most intuitive city planners, yet their voices are largely disregarded in city design.

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Science PhD candidates receive Antarctica NZ scholarships

Monday, 7 September 2020 9:04am

Two science PhD candidates are celebrating their recent $20,000 Doctoral scholarships announced recently by Antarctica NZ. 

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Fulbright honours to eight University of Otago graduates

Thursday, 6 August 2020 3:15pm

Eight University of Otago graduates from across the University have been named Fulbright New Zealand award winners.

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EQC grant unites earth and social sciences

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 9:34am

Southland could be New Zealand’s largest area of incomplete seismic fault information, but University of Otago researchers can now fill in the gaps after receiving a new EQC grant.