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Department of Geology News and events

Long-serving Geology Professor retires from teaching

Monday, 28 June 2021 9:22am

Professor Ewan Fordyce joined Otago’s Department of Geology in 1982. Just shy of 40 years later he has called time on his teaching career.

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Dam strength determined by balanced rocks

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 10:49am

Balanced rocks, poised in position for 24,000 years, have been used to assess the current seismic integrity of the Clyde Dam in a University of Otago-led study.

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Sisters in Science

Thursday, 3 June 2021 9:43am

Between them, Dr Cathy Cole and Dr Rosie Cole have clocked up three research expeditions to polar seas, forty ascents of Mount Tongariro, thousands of hours in a Scottish coral culture lab, and organised a ton of wax to mimic an eruption.

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Geology gift provides unique hands-on fieldwork opportunities

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 11:23am

Seeing a need for today’s geology students to develop their hands-on field skills, Otago Geology alumnus Clynt Nauman and his fellow geologist and wife Jan decided to put their support behind re-establishing and enhancing two field trips run by Otago’s Department of Geology, Te Tari Tātai Arowhenua.

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Power restructure needed to enhance Indigenous engagement in planning, research shows

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 11:16am

Impact assessments have a patchy history of effectively engaging Indigenous communities and providing positive outcomes for their aspirations – University of Otago research is providing a starting point to improve the situation.

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A small fish helping to solve a big problem

Thursday, 12 November 2020 9:29am

An inter-disciplinary group of Otago researchers is embarking on a collaborative study into the use of biodegradable, edible food coatings to combat plastic pollution.

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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.