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Department of Geology News and events

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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Foulden Maar research points to a future global greening

Thursday, 20 August 2020 10:23am

Research using fossils from Otago’s controversial Foulden Maar site shows future environmental conditions may be more favourable to plant growth and forest expansion resulting in a global greening effect. 

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Rock stars, rocks and lasting friendships

Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:18am

Good things take time, but in addition to completing his long-awaited Masters of Science in Geology Ross Nicolls has also gained a new and lasting life-long friendship.

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Geology in the genes for Gorman family

Friday, 14 August 2020 11:45am

Clare Gorman is following in her family’s footsteps and was going to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Geology this weekend prior to this week’s cancellation.

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EQC grant unites earth and social sciences

Wednesday, 1 July 2020 11:27pm

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

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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.

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Select staff return to campus under Level 3

Wednesday, 6 May 2020 9:46pm

The Otago Bulletin Board meets some of the staff able to return to campus in Alert Level 3.

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Science goes online and virtual

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 8:46pm

The COVID-19 lockdown has created unique challenges for science online learning and the translation of lab work and field trips traditionally considered essential for experiential learning. The Otago Bulletin Board “visited” the Department of Geology and the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences to see how they have responded.

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Scientists again highlight need for fault avoidance zone at Franz Josef town

Tuesday, 4 February 2020 2:12pm

New research has reinforced that the way the town of Franz Josef Glacier is situated and occupied could mean a very real and significant loss of life and property when the Alpine Fault next ruptures.

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Two awards for Ewan Fordyce

Friday, 20 December 2019 1:12pm

Geology’s Professor Ewan Fordyce has received two significant awards, honouring his contributions to his field.

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Otago research reveals past rapid Antarctic ice loss due to ocean warming

Friday, 6 December 2019 10:00am

New research from the University of Otago has found the sensitive West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed during a warming period just over a million years ago when atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were lower than today.