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Postgraduate students in the Department of Geology


Caroline BelangerCaroline Bélanger


PhD topic: Volcanology project studying Ubehebe, Death Valley, California
Supervisor: James White
Email: belca553[at]

Francesco CappuccioFrancesco Cappuccio


PhD topic: Fracture characterisation and structural and chemical correlations in drilled rock cores by means of automated image analysis, CT scan, and multifractals 
Supervisors: Virginia Toy, Steven Mills (Computer Science)
Email: capfr277[at]

Sebastien Clar_smSebastian Clar


PhD topic: Seismic Oceanography: 3D and Time-Lapse Imaging of Mixing Processes at Water Mass Boundaries off New Zealand
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Rob Smith (Marine Science), Christina Riesselman
Email: clase510[at]

Rosie ColeRosie Cole


PhD topic: Glaciovolcanism in Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand
Supervisors: James White, Graham Leonard(GNS), Christian Ohneiser

Hazel ConwayHazel Conway


PhD topic: Investigating an uplifted submarine volcanic succession on Milos Island, Greece
Supervisors: James White

Joanna Cooper smJoanna Cooper


PhD topic: Investigating water-mass mixing across the Sub-tropical Front east of the South Island using seismic oceanography.
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Ross Vennell (Marine Science)
Email: coojo202[at]

Josh Corrie smJosh Corrie


PhD topic: Systematics and morphology of archaic kekenodontids from the Oligocene of New Zealand. 
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: josh.corrie[at]

Amber CosteAmber Coste


PhD topic: Describing several specimens of fossil “tusked” New Zealand dolphins and investigating their teeth.
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Carolina Loch (Dentistry)
Email: cosam991[at]

Grace DukeGrace Duke


PhD topic: Characterising Antarctic primary productivity during the Pliocene using nitrogen bound in frustules
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Robert Van Hale (Chemistry) and Rebecca Robinson (University of Rhode Island)
Email: dukgr761[at]

Sheng Fan (Van)Sheng Fan (Van)


PhD topic: Natural Ice Microstructure.
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Christina Hulbe and Heather Purdie
Email: fansh405[at]

Ian GearyIan Geary

New Zealand

PhD topic: The Miocene to Quaternary macrofossil plant and fungal floras of Auckland and Northland
Supervisor: Daphne LeeJanice Lord (Botany) John Conran (The University of Adelaide)
Email: geaia102[at]

Emanuele-Giacalone_smEmanuele Giacalone


PhD topic: Swinburn Volcano
Supervisor: James White
Email: giaem375[at]

Greer_Gilmer_smGreer Gilmer

New Zealand

PhD topic: Climate records from Auckland Islands, Antarctica and Lake Ohau.
Supervisors:  Chris Moy, Christina Riesselman, Marcus Vandergoes (GNS)
Email: gilgr092[at]

Jonathan GriffinJonathan Griffin


PhD topic: Earthquake recurrence in low seismicity regions.
Supervisors:  Mark Stirling, Ting Wang, Matt Gerstenberger (GNS)
Email: jonathan.griffin[at]

Jasper HoffmanJasper Hoffmann


PhD topic: Geophysics project examining fluid migration and escape features in the Canterbury Basin
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Gareth Crutchley (GNS Science), Christian Ohneiser
Email: hofja961[at]

Stephanie JuniorStephanie Junior


PhD topic: Analyzing gold in the mantle, petrological and geochemical studies of New Zealand peridotites.
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: steph.junior[at]

Gemma Kerr smGemma Kerr


PhD topic: Mineralogical and geochemical controls on mine water discharge composition.
Supervisor: Dave Craw
Email: kerge392[at]

Gemma is also a general staff member (part-time)

Martina Kirilova smMartina Kirilova


PhD topic: Deformation processes along the Alpine Fault.
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
Email: martina.a.kirilova[at]

Anna KowalAnna Kowal


PhD topic: Strong motion seismology. Ground motion simulations for Dunedin-Mosgiel area.
Supervisor: Mark Stirling
Email: kowan133[at]

Adrienn Kovacs smAdrienn Lukacs


PhD topic: Geophysical characterisation of the Alpine Fault throughout and beneath Whataroa Valley, Haast River and Turnbull River, Westland, New Zealand
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Richard Norris
Email: kovad091[at]

Katie MattsKatie Matts


PhD topic: Fossil penguins
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: matka014[at]

Risa Matsumura_smRisa Matsumura


PhD topic: Alpine Fault Cataclasites
Supervisors: Virginia Toy, Norio Shigematsu (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba)
Email: matri628[at]

Michael May smMichael May


PhD topic: 1886 Maar forming Eruption of Rotomahana, NZ
Supervisor: James White
Email: maymi024[at]

Moyna Mueller smMoyna Mueller

PhD topic: Palaeontology, Hector’s dolphin,  comparative flipper anatomy, morphology and taxonomy
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Jo Stanton, (Anatomy and Structural Biology), Steve Dawson (Marine Science)
Email: moyna.muller[at]

Arran_Murch_smArran Murch

New Zealand/UK

PhD topic: Investigating the fragmentation processes of explosive submarine volcanic eruptions
Supervisor: James White , Dr Rebecca Carey (University of Tasmania)
Email: arranmurch[at]

Marshall PalmerMarshall Palmer

New Zealand

PhD topic: Geochemical characterization and in-situ dating of various scheelite deposits within the South Island of New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: palma487[at]

Alessio PontesilliAlessio Pontesilli


PhD topic: Petrology and experimental petrology of the Dunedin Volcanic Complex
Supervisors: Marco Brenna, Silvio Mollo (University of La Sapienza, Rome), Matteo Masotta (University of Pisa), James White
Email: alessiopontesilli[at]

Jeffrey Robinson smJeffrey Robinson

New Zealand

PhD topic: Fossil and Recent Brachiopods (completed)
Supervisor: Daphne Lee
Email: jeffreyhrobinson[at]

Kat Sauer smKat Sauer


PhD topic: Influence of fluids and microstructural heterogeneities on the rheological behaviour of large-scale continental faults: Insights from the Alpine Fault mylonite zone, New Zealand
Supervisor: Virginia Toy, Dave Prior
Email: katrina.sauer[at]

Meike Seideman smMeike Seideman


PhD topic: Microstructural evolution of ice during episodic creep.
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Pat Langhorne (Physics), Sean Fitzsimons (Geography)
Email: seime036[at]

Yilun ShaoYilun Shao


PhD topic: Rheological processes in the upper mantle under the South Island of New Zealand
Supervisors: Dave Prior, James Scott, Martin Reyners (GNS Science)
Email: shayi182[at]

Matt TarlingMatt Tarling


PhD topic: Faulting and slip dynamics in ultramafic rocks, using the Livingstone Fault in New Zealand as a case study.
Supervisors: Steve Smith, James Scott
Email: tarma723[at]

Andrea-Verolino_smAndrea Verolino


PhD topic: Surtseyan volcanism: case studies from Pahvant Butte and Black Point (Western USA), and Surtsey (Iceland)
Supervisors: James White
Email: veran321[at]

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Master of Science (MSc)

Menuka AnandaniMenuka Anandani


MSc topic: Natural aggregate resource of Fiji Islands-characteristics that affect the composition, quality, and possible uses
Supervisors: Mike Palin, Candace Martin
Email: aname200[at]

Rachael BaxterRachael Baxter

New Zealand

MSc topic: Investigating dikes at Allans Beach, using geochemistry to gain insight into the magmatic system and initial evoution of the Dunedin Volcanic Complex.
Supervisor: James White, Marco Brenna
Email: baxra224[at]

Ella van den BergElla van den Berg

New Zealand

MSc topic: Paleoseismology and earthquake hazard of the Cardrona (north) and Grandview Faults, Central Otago
Supervisors: Mark Stirling, David Barrell (GNS)
Email: ella.vandenberg[at]

Michael BollenMichael Bollen

New Zealand

MSc topic: Holocene-Pleistocene paleoceanography in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Supervisors: Christina Reisselman, Christian Ohneiser
Email: bolmi518[at]

Luke CarringtonLuke Carrington

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characteristics and extreme hazards of faulting around Dunedin
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman, Steve Smith
Email: carlu665[at]

Lisa CrawLisa Craw

New Zealand

MSc topic: Microstructure and mechanics of flowing Antarctic ice
Supervisor: Dave Prior
Email: crali915[at]

Patrick FletcherPatrick Fletcher

New Zealand

MSc topic: A seismic investigation into the relationship between gas hydrates and heat flow across the Hikurangi Margin
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: flepa752[at]

Dannielle FougereDannielle Fougere

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characterisation of gas hydrates in the Pegasus basin, New Zealand
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: fouda188[at]

Simon HolbekSimon Holbek


MSc topic: Structural controls and geochemistry of hydrothermal fluid flow in an exhumed accretionary prism, Otago Schist, New Zealand
Supervisors: James Scott, Steven Smith
Email: holsi625[at]

Carrie JewissCarrie Jewiss

New Zealand

MSc topic: Mass balanced acid mine drainage study of the Denniston Plateau, West Coast
Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Pope (CRL)
Email: jewca391[at]

Alastair KingAlastair King

New Zealand

MSc topic: An investigation into the paragenesis and structure of high-grade, high angle, gold veins at Macraes in the Hyde Macraes Shear Zone
Supervisor: Doug MacKenzie
Email: kinal762[at]

Aleasha King

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic field experiments
Supervisor: Dave Prior

James LeaperJames Leaper

New Zealand/United Kingdom

MSc topic: Investigating the internal mysteries of the beautiful, yet catastrophic Cascade rock avalanche within Fiordland to gauge potential landslides that jeopardise New Zealand
Supervisor: Steven Smith
Email: leaja507[at]

Cara LemboCara Lembo


MSc topic: Environmental change during early Holocene Fiordland
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Gary Wilson (Marine Science)
Email: lemca683[at]

Justin LoJustin Lo

New Zealand

MSc topic: Basin Evolution of the Moutere Depression
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: loju5056[at]

Tim LutterTim Lutter

New Zealand

MSc topic: Gravitational and Magnetic Modelling
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: lutti553[at]

Henry ManneringHenry Mannering

New Zealand

MSc topic: Pleistocene to Pliocene Deep Water Circulation, in the Southern Ocean offshore of the Pennel Coast
Supervisor: Christian Ohneiser
Email: mannering.h.c[at]

Loren Mathewson smLoren Mathewson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Deep fault drilling project online drilling collecting mud-gas isotope data (H2, He, N, O, CH, Ar, CO2)
Supervisor: Virginia Toy, Sarah Mager (Geography)
Email: matlo181[at]

Jasmine MawsonJasmine Mawson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Submarine eruptive processes in the Brook Street Terrane
Supervisors: James White, Mike Palin

Nathaniel ParsonsNathaniel Parsons

New Zealand

MSc topic: Acoustic properties of sea ice
Supervisor: Dave Prior

Jan PiekarskiJan-Kristian Piekarski


MSc topic: Middle Cenozoic unconformities of Waihao Valley, South Canterbury Basin
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: pieja996[at]

Marcus Richards smMarcus Richards

New Zealand

Msc topic: Marine Vertebrates of the Maniototo, Otago
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce
Email: marcus.richards[at]

Andrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Investigating the structure and properties of the Ross Ice Shelf using the reflection and conversion of seismic waves.
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Dave Prior
Email: roban375[at]

Bryce RobinsonBryce Robinson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Mineralogy, structure, alteration footprints and paragenesis of the Waipori and surrounding Lake Mahinerangi gold deposits, Otago, New Zealand
Supervisor: Doug MacKenzie
Email: robbr187[at]

Catherine SangsterCatherine Sangster

New Zealand

MSc topic: Strong motion seismology ground motion simulations in Dunedin CBD
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Mark Stirling
Email: sanca510[at]

Emma ScanlanEmma Scanlan

New Zealand

MSc topic: A geochemical study of scheelite paragenesis in Glenorchy, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: scaem322[at]

Lachie ScarsbrookLachie Scarsbrook

New Zealand

MSc topic: Does size matter? Using osteology and ancient DNA to infer impacts of human colonization on Duvaucel’s gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelii).
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce, Nic Rawlence (Zoology)
Email: lachie.scarsbrook[at]

Dave SunDave Sun


MSc topic: Garnet pyroxenites in the Kakanui Mineral Breccia
Supervisor: James Scott

Stephie TayStephie Tay

New Zealand

MSc topic: Placer rare earth minerals on the West Coast
Supervisor: James Scott

Olivia TruaxOlivia Truax


MSc topic: A paleomagnetic, geochemical, and diatom based record of Holocene paleoclimate evolution from Robertson Bay, Antarctica
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Gary Wilson (Marine Science)
Email: truol520[at]

Mathew VannerMathew Vanner

New Zealand

MSc topic: Fossilised Wood of Southland and Otago
Supervisors: Daphne Lee, Uwe Kaulfuss
Email: vanma943[at]

Yuval YagolnitzerYuval Yagolnitzer

Israeli, New Zealander

MSc topic: The Pigroot Duality, an experimental analysis of the Pigroot phonolite
Supervisor: Marco Brenna
Email: yuval.yagolnitzer[at]

Erin WeightmanErin Weightman

Australia, UK, New Zealand

MSc topic: Mine waste as a source of environmentally hazardous arsenic and sulphate
Supervisors: Dave Craw, James Scott
Email: weier012[at]

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)

Sam AllanSamantha Allan

South Africa

BSc(Hons) topic: Controls on distributed and localised deformation within serpentinite shear zones.
Supervisor: Steven Smith
Email: allsa187[at]

Frances BlakeFrances Blake

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Arsenic mobility in loess above the Hyde-Macraes Shear Zone in Otago, New Zealand
Supervisors: James Scott, Dave Craw
Email: Frances.Blake[at]

Kacee GrantKacee Grant

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Mobilisation of gold in the shallow levels of the Otago Schist at Coronation North, Macraes Mine.
Supervisors: James Scott, Dave Craw
Email: graka257[at]

Hamish LilleyHamish Lilley

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: The paragenesis of the wolframite-cassiterite ore system within Tin Range, Stewart Island.
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: lilha287[at]

Soltice MorrisonSoltice Morrison

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: An EBSD-based study of stress, strain, and vein formation in mylonitic rocks of the Alpine Fault
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
Email: morso212[at]

Michael OfmanMichael William Ofman

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Fracture damage zones of the Glade Darran Fault Zone, Fiordland, New Zealand
Supervisor: Steve Smith
Email: ofmmi216[at]

Laura PenroseLaura Penrose

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: A geochemical and diatom-based Holocene paleoclimate and paleoceanographic record from the eastern Ross Embayment, Antarctica
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Christian Ohneiser
Email: penla170[at]

Daniel PickeringDaniel Pickering

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Characterisation and paragenesis of scheelite at Golden Point, New Zealand
Supervisors: James Scott, Doug MacKenzie
Email: daniel.pickering[at]

Oliver ReesOliver Rees

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Seismic characterisation of sediments in Otago Harbour
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Andrew Gorman
Email: reeol408[at]

Rilee ThomasRilee Thomas

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Unmixing of Rare Earth Elements-rich carbonatites and silicate magmas of the Alpine Dike Swarm, northwest Otago
Supervisor: Marco Brenna
Email: thori218[at]

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Donna CondonDonna Condon


PGDipSci topic: Pleistocene Southern paleoceanography
Supervisor: Christian Ohneiser
Email: condo821[at]

Danielle EaglesDannielle Eagles

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Fossil whales
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: eagda897[at]

Samuel FrewSamuel Frew

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Evaluating the topologic placement of the New Zealand plesiosaur Kaiwhekea katiki.
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: fresa299[at]

Talal KadadaTalal Kadada


PGDipSci topic(2015): Geophysical investigation of the Canterbury and Great South Basins
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: tgeologist1[at]

Joseph WhitmoreJoseph Whitmore

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Unlocking the hidden treasures of the Otago Peninsula
Supervisor: Marco Brenna

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Students co-supervised by geology staff

These are students that have primary supervisors and office spaces in other departments. They have secondary supervisors in the Department of Geology.

Peter BatsonPeter Batson

PhD (Marine Science) topic:

Martin ForbesMartin Forbes

PhD (Surveying) topic: Structural provinces and limits on rift propagation in the Ross Ice Shelf
Christina Hulbe (School of Surveying), Dave Prior (Geology), Andrew Gorman (Geology)

Sophie GanglSophie Gangl

PhD (Chemistry) topic: Geochemical characterization of the development of OAE-2 (C/T boundary) using C isotopes and redox-sensitive metal isotopes
Supervisors: Claudine Stirling (Chemistry), Matthew Clarkson (Chemistry), Chris Moy
Email: ganso923[at]

Risha SinghRisha Jasmine Singh

PhD (Toxicology) topic: Biosorption of Heavy Metals from Water
Supervisors: Rhonda Rosengren (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Candace Martin
Email: sinri581[at]

Ming WilliamsUru-Manuka Ming-Cheung (Ming) Williams

MSc(Marine Science) topic: The effects of sedimentation on the physiology of living New Zealand brachiopods
Supervisors: Miles Lamare (Marine Science), Daphne Lee (Geology), Jeffrey Robinson (Geology)
Email: ming.williams[at]

Shaun WilsonShaun Wilson

MSc (Zoology) topic: