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Department of Geology News and events

Kelp DNA records destructive power of ancient earthquake

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 2:14pm

One of the most memorable and astonishing aspects of the recent Kaikoura earthquake was the sudden uplift of the sea floor, which left populations of coastal species like kelp and shellfish literally high and dry.

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Art and science come together in exhibition

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:25pm

Scientific objects and artefacts from across the University of Otago intermingle with well-known works of art in the Hocken Collections’ latest exhibition.

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Australian getting under surface to determine Otago’s quake history

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 9:29pm

Earthquakes weren’t part of Jonathan Griffin’s upbringing in Australia, but when he visited Pakistan at the end of his undergraduate geology degree in 2005, it coincided with the devastating Kashmir earthquake. That changed his future path.

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Distinguished Research Medal winner making an applied impact

Tuesday, 4 December 2018 10:46pm

This year’s University of Otago Distinguished Research Medal winner has been described as a research powerhouse.

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University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 9:20am

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects.

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Fellowships and Scholarships support Otago scientists

Thursday, 25 October 2018 12:47pm

A University of Otago scientist recognised for his sustained research excellence and two highly promising researchers at the early stages of their careers have been awarded fellowships and scholarships today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Otago scientist receives prestigious Fellowship to further gout research

Thursday, 25 October 2018 9:11am

One of the country’s leading scientists in the area of gout and metabolic disease, University of Otago Professor Tony Merriman, is one of three researchers nationally to receive a prestigious James Cook Fellowship.

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New Otago research of quiet but potentially hazardous seismic faults

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 2:25pm

Otago is a region of ‘quiet’ but important faults and will be the first researched in a project led by Professor Mark Stirling of the Department of Geology.

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US Ambassador keen to foster connections with Otago

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 7:45pm

The United States Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Scott Brown, visited the University last week to learn about Otago’s internationally significant research and foster future collaborative ties.

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Polar Symposium highlights University as leader

Friday, 28 September 2018 1:45pm

The University’s recent Polar Symposium showcased the breadth of Otago’s polar research community which organisers say is the most diverse in any New Zealand university.

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Sustained levels of moderate warming could melt the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:48am

The East Antarctic Ice Sheet melted during extended warm periods in the past when temperatures were similar to those predicted for the coming century, a new study published in Nature has shown.

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Otago researchers bring a world-first in ancient earthquake identification

Tuesday, 4 September 2018 12:04pm

The first natural example of a fossilised earthquake in serpentinite (type of rock) is providing new knowledge about the extreme forces and chemical reactions that occur during seismic ruptures.