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Postgraduate students in the Department of Geology

PhD

Wendel Broek

New Zealand / Netherlands

PhD topic: Otago volcanism during Oligocene submergence: Controls on submarine volcanism and intrusions
Supervisors: James White, Marco Brenna
Email: browe476@student.otago.ac.nz


Nadine Cooper image 2021Nadine Cooper

New Zealand

PhD topic: The ultra-refractory mantle beneath the Southern Alps
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: coona484@student.otago.ac.nz


Meghan Duffy 2022 imageMeghan Duffy

USA

PhD topic: Linking East Antarctic temperature with Southern Ocean productivity
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Chris Moy
Email: dufme585@student.otago.ac.nz


Grace DukeGrace Duke

USA

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Julian Eschenröder Julian Eschenröder

Germany

PhD topic: High-resolution reconstruction of past water quality using non-destructive core scanning techniques in New Zealand lake sediments.
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Sebastian Naeher (GNS Science), Christina Riesselman and Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Email: escju641@student.otago.ac.nz


Michelle_Fitzgerald_2020_imageMichelle Fitzgerald

New Zealand

PhD topic: Lithic fragment populations in a cluster of closely spaced volcanoes in central Hopi Buttes Volcanic Field, Navajo Nation, Arizona
Supervisors: James White, Mike Palin
Email: fitmi203@student.otago.ac.nz


Luce LacouaLuce Lacoua

France

PhD topic: Ground motion modelling of New Zealand
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Bill Fry (GNS Science)
Email: luce.lacoua@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Govinda NiroulaGovinda Niroula image

Nepal

PhD topic: Testing and evaluation of earthquake rupture simulations for New Zealand
Supervisors: Mark StirlingDr Matt Gerstenberger (GNS Science)
Email: nirgo392@student.otago.ac.nz


Will Preston imageWilliam Preston

UK

PhD topic: Metal isotope systematics of a modern anoxic fjord and implications for the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
Supervisors: Claudine Stirling, Sophie Gangl, Matthew Clarkson (ETH Zürich)
Email: prewi101@student.otago.ac.nz


Javiera Ruz Ginouves image 2022Javiera Ruz Ginouves

Chile

PhD topic: Understanding the early evolution of fissure eruptions through experiments
Supervisors:  James White
Email: javiera.ruz@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Ayla Stenning ImageAyla Stenning

UK

PhD topic: An intraplate volcanism project studying the Dunedin Volcano
Supervisors: Marco Brenna, James White
Email: steay173@student.otago.ac.nz


Olivia TruaxOlivia Truax

USA

PhD topic: Integrating proxy and model estimates of Holocene climate variability in the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Gary Wilson (GNS), Craig Stevens (NIWA and UoA)
Email: truol520@student.otago.ac.nz


Mathew VannerMathew Vanner

New Zealand

PhD topic: Jurassic to Quaternary fossil wood of the South Island, New Zealand
Supervisors: Ewan Fordyce
Email: vanma943@student.otago.ac.nz


Emeline Wavelet image 2022Emeline Wavelet

France

PhD topic: Tsunami early warning system
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman
Email: emeline.wavelet@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Rong Zhang ImageRong Zhang

China

PhD topic: Drivers of monogenetic versus polygenetic intraplate volcanism: A comparative study of Tianchi-Longgang (China), and Dunedin-Waipiata (New Zealand) volcanic systems
Supervisors: Marco Brenna, James White, Gabor Kereszturi (Massey University), Jiandong Xu (China Earthquake Administration)
Email: zharo178@student.otago.ac.nz

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Master of Science (MSc)

Jack Beagley image 2021Jack Beagley

New Zealand

MSc topic: Investigating carbon sequestration through changing climatic conditions in the fjords of New Zealand using marine seismology
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Chris Moy, Gary Wilson (GNS Science)


Luke CarringtonLuke Carrington

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characteristics and extreme hazards of faulting around Dunedin
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Steve Smith
Email: carlu665@student.otago.ac.nz


Josie Frazer image 2021Josie Frazer

New Zealand

MSc topic: Reconstructing Pleistocene oceanic front positions using diatom species assemblages and organic geochemistry from Southern Ocean sediment cores
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Catherine Beltran
Email: frajo813@student.otago.ac.nz


Tabitha German image 2021Tabitha German

New Zealand

MSc topic: Understanding the relationships between air bubble deformation and glacial strain using Preistley glacier ice
Supervisor: Dave Prior


Caitlin Hall ImageCaitlin Hall

New Zealand

Msc topic: Characterisation of the Kamb Ice Stream bathymetry using gravity and seismic techniques, Siple Coast, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Gary Wilson
Email: halca236@student.otago.ac.nz


Tayla HillTayla Hill image 2020

New Zealand

MSc topic: Determining the preconditioning and triggering mechanisms of submarine mass movement over anticline ridges, offshore Wairarapa
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Joshu Mountjoy (NIWA) and Sally Watson (NIWA)


Georgia Holdsworth imageGeorgia Holdsworth

New Zealand

MSc topic: Using Sediment cores to evaluate past climate change in New Zealand; in particular using Itrax elemental techniques to decipher how climate has changed in Southern New Zealand since the Holocene
Supervisor: Chris Moy


Sarah Macindoe-Baker image 2021Sarah Macindoe-Baker

New Zealand

MSc topic: Geochemical analysis of Motupore Island pottery, from Papua New Guinea, to determine source materials
Supervisor: Sophie Briggs, Anne Ford (Archaeology)


Georgia Holdsworth imageZoe MacClure

New Zealand

MSc topic: Characterising the microstructural responses to shear localisation in the lateral margin of the Tasman and Priestley glaciers to improve models of ice sheet breakup and paleoclimate reconstructions
Supervisor: Dave Prior


Shane_Meekin_60x80_webShane Meekin

New Zealand

MSc topic: Describing a specimen of Waipatiid, or tusked dolphin
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce


Holly Meyer ImageHolly Meyer

New Zealand

MSc topic: Using Offshore NZ Seismic Data to Conduct Sequence Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Analysis in the Great South Basin
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Christina Riesselman


Amelia Morris Amelia Morris image

New Zealand

MSc topic: Using sediment cores to provide a Southern Ocean reference section for key intervals of the geologic timescale between 4-8 Ma.
Supervisor: Christina Riesselman


Dan Muir image 2021Dan Muir

New Zealand

MSc topic: Reconstructing the climate of the last millennium using lacustrine sediment cores from Southland, New Zealand
Supervisor: Chris Moy


Michael OfmanMichael William Ofman

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic anisotropy and deformation fabrics of the Horoman Peridotite, Hokkaido, Japan
Supervisor: Virginia Toy
Email: ofmmi216@student.otago.ac.nz


Will Oliver imageWill Oliver

Australia

MSc topic: A comparison of conventional “land” seismic and streamer array methods conducted at Discovery Deep, Western Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica.
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman


Ben Perret imageBen Perrett

New Zealand

MSc topic: Geological and hydrological controls on trace elements and their isotopes in pristine South Island rivers.
Supervisor: Claudine Stirling, Malcolm Reid, Matt Druce


Jordan Riddell imageJordan Riddell

New Zealand

MSc topic: Paleoclimatology in Central Otago, New Zealand
Supervisors: Chris Moy, Christina Riesselman


Jorgee Robb imageJorgee Robb

New Zealand

MSc topic: Geochemistry of Surface Sediments in Fiordland
Supervisor: Chris Moy


Clarissa-Ross-ImageClarissa Ross

New Zealand

MSc topic: The influence of clay mineral properties on expansion in Southland soils, New Zealand
Supervisor: Candace Martin


Aleisha SavageAleisha_Savage_image

New Zealand

MSc topic: Construction of a Holocene-Pleistocene paleoceanographic record in the Adare Trough, Ross Sea, Antarctica
Supervisor: Christina Riesselman
Email: saval436@student.otago.ac.nz


Thomas Stevenson image 2021Thomas Stevenson

New Zealand

MSc topic: 3D lithological reconstruction of the Heyward Promontory section of Dunedin Volcano
Supervisor: Marco Brenna


Luke Whibley imageLuke Whibley

New Zealand

MSc topic: Carbon cycling and burial in the waters and surface sediments of Fiordland
Supervisor: Christina Riesselman, Chris Moy


Laura Wilson image 2021Laura Wilson

New Zealand

MSc topic: Geochemistry of Dunedin Volcanic Group lavas within the Maniototo basin, Central Otago
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: willa197@student.otago.ac.nz


Rachel Worthington image 2021Rachel Worthington

New Zealand

MSc topic: Mechanical properties of ice within shear margins and implications for ice shelf mechanics
Supervisor: Dave Prior


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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))


Sophie Bonnington image 2022Sophie Bonnington

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: The mantle beneath North Canterbury, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott


Julianne Burns image 2021Julianne Burns

USA

BSc(Hons) topic: Ross Ice Shelf ocean currents and retreat using paleomagnetic techniques
Supervisor: Christian Ohneiser
Email: burju709@student.otago.ac.nz


Madi Fleming image 2022Madi Fleming

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Effect of grain size and sample size on ice rheology
Supervisor: Dave Prior


Ellie Grant image 2022Ellie Grant

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Designing an instrument to investigate in situ deformation of glacier ice
Supervisor: Dave Prior


Mark Ireland imageMark Ireland

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: Sm-Nd dating of metamorphic scheelite, Central Otago, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott


Katherine Perry imageKatherine Perry

New Zealand

BSc(Hons) topic: West Wanaka diatreme, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott


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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Erika Wright imageErika Wright

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic:Predicting the characteristics of an Auckland Volcanic Field eruption from the Swinburn Volcanics
Supervisor: Marco Brenna, James White


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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: Aspects of the biology of Hornerid bryozoans
Supervisors: Abby Smith (Marine Science) and Daphne Lee
Email: peter.batson@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Martin ForbesMartin Forbes

PhD (Surveying) topic: Structural provinces and limits on rift propagation in the Ross Ice Shelf
Supervisors:
Christina Hulbe (School of Surveying), Dave Prior (Geology), Andrew Gorman (Geology)
Email:
martin.forbes@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


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@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Shaun WilsonShaun Wilson

MSc (Zoology) topic: Ecotypic varation and sexual dimorphism in the orca (Orcinus orca) skull
Supervisors: Liz Slooten (Zoology), Ewan Fordyce
Email:

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