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Department of Geology News and events

University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018 2:14pm

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 3:13pm

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.

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Scholarships provide Antarctic opportunities

Thursday, 12 July 2018 9:05pm

Antarctic glaciers and microscopic algae will soon be the focus of two University of Otago students who have just been awarded two of three Antarctica New Zealand Scholarships for 2018.

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Otago researcher’s discovery of ancient fossil provides clues to evolution of baleen whales

Friday, 11 May 2018 10:17am

A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales.

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New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 9:23am

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

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Otago researchers uncover New Zealand's first fossils preserved in amber

Thursday, 8 February 2018 11:31am

The discovery of fossil insects, nematodes and fungi preserved in amber from sites in Otago is shedding new light on New Zealand’s geological and biological history.

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Studying deep ocean volcanic eruption throws up more questions for Otago researcher

Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:12am

A study of the largest deep-ocean eruption of the past century has changed the way scientists think about submarine volcanism, a University of Otago academic says.

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National awards for Otago Geologists

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:24pm

Five geoscientists from Otago’s Department of Geology received awards at the Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference held at the University of Auckland recently.

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Embracing technology brings success for winning teacher

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 1:37pm

Stressful, difficult and time-consuming. Three words you wouldn’t expect to hear from the winner of this year’s Division of Sciences Early Career Teacher of the Year when asked to describe teaching.