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Otago Students' Geological Society (OSGS)

The Otago Geological Students Society is a University club that aims to introduce and educate people in geology in a fun and interactive way. The club has many different trips throughout the year ranging from beach trips to skiing trips, all of which include both geology and non-geology students. If you have any questions or would like to join the club please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact OSGS

Email osgeolsoc@gmail.com

School or community group visits to the Geology Department

OSGS organises visits to the Geology Department for School or community groups. Do you have a school or community group that want to learn about local Dunedin geology? Or maybe you just want to have a look around the Geology Musuem and other facilities?

Visit request form to the Geology Department for your school or community group

OSGS trips and activities

On the surface trace of the Greendale Fault during the OSGS West Coast trip, which ruptured in the M7.1 Darfield earthquake in 2010
On the surface trace of the Greendale Fault during the OSGS West Coast trip, which ruptured in the M7.1 Darfield earthquake in 2010

The meeting of two tectonic plates at the exposure of the Alpine Fault, Gaunt Creek on the OSGS West Coast trip
The meeting of two tectonic plates at the exposure of the Alpine Fault, Gaunt Creek on the OSGS West Coast trip

At the Geography, Anthropology and Geology Ball
At the Geography, Anthropology and Geology Ball

Meet the OSGS team

Caitlin Hall imageCo-President

Caitlin Hall

Hi team! I’m Caitlin, and I’m completing my Masters in Palaeoclimatology, after completing an Honours in Antarctic Geophysics last year. Once again, I am your OSGS Co-President for 2020. My main role this year is to coordinate the rest of the committee and help to organise awesome events that are fun for everyone! Myself and Lachie are your main point of contact for all things Geology (incl. Marine Science, Zoology, Genetics and more!). If there are any concerns with OSGS events or the committee, come see us, we’re always happy to help!

Email halca236@student.otago.ac.nz


Lachie Scarsbrook imageCo-President and Postgraduate Representative

Lachie Scarsbrook

Hi, I’m Lachie and I’m your OSGS co-President for 2020 alongside Caitlin! I’m a Geology/Zoology Masters student in my thesis year; focusing on understanding how human colonization and climate change have impacted Aotearoa’s unique lizard species through the use of ancient DNA. My role in OSGS involves a lot of organisation and delegation (amongst the committee) to ensure you all get some wicked experiences, sick merchandise and fun events throughout the year! I’m looking forward to not only working with our new team, but getting to know all our new members!

P.S. we are going to come in hot with events next year so be ready!


Rilee Thomas imageTreasurer

Rilee Thomas

I'm Rilee, the OSGS treasurer for 2020. My job entails ensuring the OSGS Eftpos card doesn't get stolen or run into the red.


Tim Campbell imageUndergraduate Representative

Tim Campbell

I'm a third-year geology student from Dunedin. My role is to be the representative for undergrad students in OSGS as well as organise some events for students. I have a wide range of interests in geology and beyond.


Erin Weightman imageIndustry Representative

Erin Weightman

I’m currently doing my Masters with a project on environmental geochemistry at Macraes Gold Mine. I’m from Western Australia and worked in the mining industry for a hot second after my undergrad. I’ll keep everyone updated about networking events and job opportunities through email and the jobs board (outside Quad 2).


Naomi Ahern imageInternational Representative and Trip Representative

Naomi Ahern

Hey there! My name is Naomi, I’m originally from Boise, Idaho, but moved over to NZ to attend uni here at Otago. I’m a 3rd year geology and GIS student, and I’ll be your international representative as well as one of the trip secretaries for the 2020 year. If you’re an international or exchange student I’ll be your point of contact, so if you have any questions about OSGS or just Otago, in general, I’m your gal. I’ll also be helping with organising trips, so any questions about upcoming trips, as well as any ideas for cool places we could visit can come either to me or to Nadine, our other trip secretary. Super stoked for a fun year of geological shenanigans!

Email ahena858@student.otago.ac.nz


Nadine Cooper imageTrip Representative

Nadine Cooper

Hi, I’m Nadine and I am one of the trip secretaries for OSGS in 2020. I am doing a double major in both Geology and Oceanography and I am passionate about travelling, nature and collecting rocks! Naomi and I will be organising some exciting field trips and adventures across the South Island throughout 2020. Feel free to contact either of us for more info!

Email coona484@student.otago.ac.nz


Tilly Hill imageSocial Representative

Tilly Hill

Hi! I’m Tilly, and I’m super excited to be the social rep for OSGS for the second time running. Next year I’ll be heading into the first year of my Master's degree, with a focus to find a potential high tech solution for carbon sequestration along the Dun Mt Ophiolite belt in Southland. My heart lies in the field of marine geophysics, so if you ever wanna share some of my passion, don’t hesitate to hmu.

Email hilta674@student.otago.ac.nz


Kaeli Lalor imageSocial Representative

Kaeli Lalor

Hello! I'm Kaeli, one of your two 2020 Social Reps. I graduated with a major in geology and minors in Anthropology and Geography and am now a 5th year, beginning my research year for my MSc. My research is looking at lake sediments, with a focus on paleoclimate in the late Holocene. I looooove getting involved with all the geology events, the department has served me well and I can't wait to give back to it! Xoxo


Ben McCloy imageOutreach Representative

Ben McCloy

Hi, I'm Ben and I'm one of the OSGS Outreach coordinators for 2020 alongside Will. I'm a 4th year Geology student with a passion for correct, scientific education about our environment. Our positions entail running physical, interactive workshops for people of all ages to help them better understand what's going on beneath their feet and hopefully instilling some passion for geology along the way. Feel free to get in touch with either of us if you could be interested in helping out.

Email mccbe543@student.otago.ac.nz


Will Oliver imageOutreach Representative

Will Oliver

Hi, my name is Will Oliver. I'm a 3rd-year student majoring in geology and oceanography. This year I am one of the co-coordinators of the Outreach program. If you would like to know more about Outreach come and ask me about it or email me.

Email oliwi771@student.otago.ac.nz