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Geology Alumni 2015

Robin Andrews

New Zealand

Robin Andrews smPhD topic: Approaches in Experimental Volcanology: Bench-Scale, Field-Scale and Mathematical Modelling of Maar-Diatreme Systems

PhD student page for Robin

Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?: Robin is currently hunting for a postdoc and freelance writing for a few science portals (http://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/innovation/life-lava-lakes-everything-using-drones-to-uncover-natures-secrets, for example). (updated March 2015)
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Leeza Becroft smLeeza Becroft

New Zealand

MSc topic: Kinetics of grain growth: the importance of the growth exponential in the geosciences
Supervisors: Dave Prior
What is she doing now?:
Email:becle714@student.otago.ac.nz


Bobby Boesenecker smRobert W. Boessenecker (Bobby)

USA

PhD topic: Anatomy, ontogeny, functional morphology, taphonomy, and phylogenetic relationships of archaic toothless mysticetes (Eomysticetidae) from the Oligocene of New Zealand

PhD student page for Robert W. Boessenecker (Bobby)

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: Teaching introductory geology and historical geology as well as studying fossil cetaceans (chiefly Oligocene) from South Carolina.
Contact details: boesseneckerrw[at]cofc.edu


Aaspreet Boparai smAaspreet Boparai

New Zealand

MAppSci topic: Strontium Isotopes as geochemical tracers
Supervisor: Candace Martin
What is he doing now?: Working at University of Otago Library (last updated July 2015)
Contact details: aaspreet@boparai.ca


Peter Burrington smPeter Burrington

USA

MSc topic: How to be a Prehistoric Weatherman: Using n-alkanes as a Proxy for Holocene Climate and Hydrology, Southwest South Island, New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)
What is he doing now?:
Email: burpe678@student.otago.ac.nz


Imogen Browne smImogen Browne

New Zealand

MSc topic: Holocene paleoclimate at the Auckland Islands
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson
What is she doing now?: PhD in Marine Science at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, looking at past changes in Antarctic climate and Southern Ocean circulation.
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Genevieve Coffey smGenevieve Coffey

New Zealand

MSc topic: Investigating the timing and intensity of past earthquake activity on the southern Alpine Fault using soft-sediment deformation structures
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Virginia Toy
What is she doing now?: PhD studying at Columbia University in New York looking at the thermal alteration of biomarkers in fault zones and how that relates to shearing.
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Andrew Cross smAndrew Cross

UK

PhD title: Microstructural evolution under non-steady state deformation in mid-crustal ductile shear zones
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Virginia Toy
What is he doing now?: Postdoc at Washington University in St Louis, USA working on experimental rock deformation of olivine at upper mantle conditions with a guy called Phil Skemer
Contact details: Andrew.cross@wustl.edu


Lorelei Curtin smLorelei Curtin

USA

MSc topic: Geochemistry of Auckland Island Lake Sediments: Assessing Recent Sub-Antarctic Climate Change
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson
What is she doing now?: PhD at Columbia University
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Jim Dickie Jim Dickie

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Timing and conditions of mineralisation of the Blackwater Dike, Greenland Group, Westland, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
What is he doing now?:
Email: jimmydickie[at]gmail.com


James FlemingJames Fleming

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Characterisation of gold bearing lithologies, Harbour Cone, Otago Peninsula, New Zealand.
Supervisor: Doug MacKenzie
What is he doing now?: Field tech at Macraes gold mine (updated March 2016).
Email: James.fleming159[at]hotmail.co.nz


Jason Grieve smJason Grieve

New Zealand

MSc topic: P-T-t and strain analysis of the Grebe Valley Shear Zone, Fiordland, NZ
Supervisors:  Dave Prior
What is he doing now?: 
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Jess Hillman smJess Hillman

UK

PhD title: Investigation of seafloor depressions east of New Zealand's South Island to explore their potential link to methane transport processes between the seafloor and ocean
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ingo Pecher (University of Auckland)
What is she doing now?: Postdoc at The Ohio State University, USA, using seismic data to investigate gas hydrates in the Gulf of Mexico in a collaborative project with University of Texas, Austin and Columbia University.
Contact details: jithillman@gmail.com


Jessica Hinojosa smJessica Hinojosa

USA

PhD topic: Records of Holocene Southern Hemisphere westerly wind variability in Fiordland, New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson (Marine Science), Claudine Stirling (Chemistry)
What is she doing now?: Postdoc at Caltech, working on a NZ paleoclimate project with Dr. Alex Sessions
Contact details: jess.l.hinojosa[at]gmail.com


Tim LennonTim Lennon

Ireland

Msc topic: Linking Shallow and Deep Features on the Shelf East and West of Stewart Island
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
What is he doing now?: Economic geologist, working in Brisbane and focusing on mineral resources and the prospectivity of hydrocarbon basins.
Contact details: lennon.tim[at]gmail.com


Aaron Lister smAaron Lister

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructures in calcite in geothermal veins
Supervisor: Dave Prior
What is he doing now?:
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Andrew MasonAndrew Mason

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structural controls and paragenesis of gold mineralisation within the Aorere Goldfield, Northwest Nelson, New Zealand.
Supervisor: James Scott
What is he doing now?: Exploration Geologist
Email: andrew_mason[at]windowslive.com


Oliver McLeodOliver McLeod

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Structure and origin of mingled magma rock and columnar jointed lava at Puketeraki, Otago.
Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?: Working at the Colima Exchange and Research Centre for Volcanology in Colima, Mexico. (updated March 2016)
Email: oliveremcleod[at]gmail.com


Nichole Moerhuis smNichole Moerhuis

New Zealand

MSc topic: Deposition, Metamorphism and Mineralization of the Onekaka Schist in northwest Nelson
Supervisors: James Scott, Mike Palin
What is she doing now?: PhD at the University of British Columbia resolving timescales of magmatic processes and cooling in young mafic layered intrusions (focusing on the Skaergaard Intrusion, East Greenland) using U-Pb accessory minerals.
Contact details: nichole.moerhuis91[at]gmail.com


Ben Moorhouse smBenjamin Moorhouse

UK

PhD student page for Benjamin Moorhouse

PhD topic: The emplacement of overlapping submarine deposits of monogenetic Surtseyan-style volcanoes onto a submerged continental shelf that built-up over millions of years in the Waiareka-Deborah Volcanic Field, New Zealand
Supervisor: James White
What is he doing now?:
Contact details: blm687[at]gmail.com


Tammo Reichgelt smTammo Reichgelt

The Netherlands

PhD topic: Reconstructing New Zealand Early and Late Miocene climate from leaf fossils and analogues to modern ecosystems
Supervisors: Daphne Lee, Ewan Fordyce, Liz Kennedy (GNS), John Conran (Uni. Adelaide)
What is he doing now?: Postdoc at Columbia University in New York. The project will be on the organic chemistry of fossil leaves from New Zealand, with the end goal of figuring out vegetation response to natural climate variability in NZ. The project is a collaborative effort with Beth Fox (ex Otago) at Waikato University. (updated July 2015)
Contact details: tammo.reichgelt@otago.ac.nz


George StickGeorge Stick

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: A structural and paragenetic study of the Energetic Gold Mine, Reefton, New Zealand
Supervisors: Doug MacKenzie, James Scott
What is he doing now?: Professional masters in engineering geology at University of Canterbury (updated March 2016)
Email: stick.george[at]gmail.com.


Yoshi Tanaka_smYoshihiro Tanaka

Japan

PhD topic: Morphology and phylogeny of Oligocene dolphins (Platanistoidea) from the Waitaki region, New Zealand

  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2014. Fossil dolphin Otekaikea marplesi (latest Oligocene, New Zealand) expands the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Oligocene cetaceans. PLoS ONE 9(9): e107972. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0107972
  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2015. A new Oligo-Miocene dolphin from New Zealand: Otekaikea huata expands diversity of the early Platanistoidea. Palaeontologia Electronica 18 (2.23A): 1-71. http://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2015/1161-fossil-platanistoid-dolphin
  • Tanaka, Y. and Fordyce, R.E. 2015. Historically-significant late Oligocene dolphin Microcetus hectori Benham 1935: a new species of Waipatia (Platanistoidea). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03036758.2015.1016046
  • Tanaka Y, Fordyce RE 2016. Awamokoa tokarahi, a new basal dolphin in the Platanistoidea (late Oligocene, New Zealand). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
  • Tanaka Y, Fordyce RE 2016. Papahu-like fossil dolphin from Kaikoura, New Zealand, helps to fill the Early Miocene gap in the history of Odontoceti. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics.

Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: Working on marine mammal fossils in Osaka Museum of Natural History, Japan as a curator.
Contact details: yoshihiro.tanaka@otago.ac.nz


Cheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai) smCheng-Hsiu Tsai (Tsai)

Taiwan

PhD topic: Pattern, process, and early radiation in baleen whale evolution: Late Oligocene Mysticeti from New Zealand
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
What is he doing now?: JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow; continue with my research on fossil whales and whale evolution at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan.
Contact details: craniata@gmail.com , cheng-hsiu.tsai@otago.ac.nz


Chris Webster smChris Webster

New Zealand

MSc topic: Cataclastic Processes in Small Scale Faults at Loch Laird Recreational Reserve, Benmore, New Zealand
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
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Sam Yeo smSam Yeo

New Zealand

MSc topic: Structurally-controlled hydrothermal system in the Manuherikia Fault zone, Alexandra, Central Otago
Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Scott, Doug MacKenzie
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