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Department of Geology News and events

Otago researchers reveal impact of ancient earthquake

Wednesday, 17 May 2023 11:52am

By combining the scientific powerhouses of genetics and geology, University of Otago researchers have identified a new area of coastal uplift, which had been hiding in plain sight.

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Paleontology powerhouse honoured by former students

Thursday, 9 February 2023 2:45pm

The world’s largest penguin has been named in honour of Emeritus Professor Ewan Fordyce, recognising his enormous contributions to marine vertebrate paleontology.

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A new species of gecko: What’s in a name and why it matters

Monday, 16 January 2023 11:58am

University of Otago researchers have described a new species of New Zealand gecko made possible by cutting edge ancient DNA techniques.

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Fresh understanding of ice age frequency – Otago study

Tuesday, 6 December 2022 10:11am

A chance find of an unstudied Antarctic sediment core has led University of Otago researchers to flip our understanding of how often ice ages occurred in Antarctica.

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Professor Claire Freeman wins NZPI Distinguished Service Award

Monday, 5 December 2022 1:00pm

Professor Claire Freeman, School of Geography, has been awarded the 2022 Te Kōkiringa Taumata / New Zealand Planning Institute’s Distinguished Service Award.

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Otago staff recognised for passion & for making a difference

Thursday, 24 November 2022 4:47pm

Making a difference and enjoying their work were common themes among those recognised at the 2022 University of Otago Staff Awards.

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Royal Society Awards for early career researchers

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:30am

Two researchers from the Division of Humanities with a focus on the rights of young people have been awarded prestigious Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Awards.

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Elusive meteorite still an exciting event

Thursday, 15 September 2022 8:39am

The search has been called off, but the mere possibility of a meteorite falling on Otago land has still got Otago scientists incredibly excited.

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Surreal Antarctic adventures

Monday, 25 July 2022 2:27pm

Meeting scientists who are just as passionate as he is about climate science was one of many highlights during Jack Beagley's Antarctic expeditions.

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3D scanner to assist in understanding of unusual creatures

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 4:05pm

A new piece of technology is enabling post-doctoral fellow Amber Coste to closely examine new species.

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Wild kitten joined field trip, brings joy to family in difficult times

Friday, 17 June 2022 4:04pm

A tiny kitten that crept out of the bush has connected Otago students with a Dunedin family in need of some “pure, uncomplicated love.”