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Department of Geology News and events

Global Exchange: Similar but different

Wednesday, 16 March 2022 2:42pm

Otago Global Student Exchange is one of the many exciting opportunities students can take up during their studies. It creates an opportunity to travel, gain another perspective in a chosen industry and meet new people.

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Microbe communities discovered under Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 8:51am

A University of Otago-led study has found evidence of a diverse community of microbes that thrive in the cold, dark, low-energy environment beneath Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, hundreds of kilometres from the open ocean.

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Capturing stories of the past, for the future

Friday, 26 November 2021 11:30am

Ascending the well-worn steps and heaving open the wooden doors to the Geology Department provokes an immediate connection with our human and cultural history.

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Excellence in teaching celebrated at Otago Staff Awards

Friday, 19 November 2021 9:56am

What would a teacher be without their students? The 2021 Otago Excellence in Teaching Award winners are all driven to teach by those there to learn. 

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Magnolia Day tradition strong in Department of Geology

Thursday, 23 September 2021 2:20pm

Shortly before New Zealand entered Alert Level 4 this August, the first signs of spring were starting to pop up on the Dunedin campus.

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Fiordland endeavours result in significant funding

Monday, 13 September 2021 9:01am

Ten University of Otago researchers have been named winners of the 2021 Endeavour Fund.

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Sea ice history sheds light on future climate change impact on Antarctic plankton

Friday, 10 September 2021 9:38am

A 170m-long record of marine sediment core from Antarctica is yielding new insights into the complex relationship between sea ice, the productivity of marine plankton, and climate change.

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Otago researchers secure significant Endeavour funding

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 7:59am

Understanding the future of fjords and their ability to soak up carbon is one of nine University of Otago scientific research projects receiving more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

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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.