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Postgraduate students in the Department of Geology

PhD

Caroline BelangerCaroline Bélanger

Canada

PhD topic: Volcanology project studying Ubehebe, Death Valley, California
Supervisor: James White
Email: belca553@student.otago.ac.nz


Wendel Broek

New Zealand / Netherlands

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


Francesco CappuccioFrancesco Cappuccio

Italy

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Sebastien Clar_smSebastian Clar

Germany/NZ

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Joanna Cooper smJoanna Cooper

Canada

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Amber CosteAmber Coste

France/UK

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


Sheng Fan (Van)Sheng Fan (Van)

China

PhD topic: Natural Ice Microstructure.
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Christina Hulbe and Heather Purdie
Email: fansh405@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
Supervisor: James White, Mike Palin
Email: fitmi203@student.otago.ac.nz


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@student.otago.ac.nz


Jonathan GriffinJonathan Griffin

Australia

PhD topic: Earthquake recurrence in low seismicity regions.
Supervisors:  Mark Stirling, Ting Wang, Matt Gerstenberger (GNS)
Email: jonathan.griffin@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Stephanie JuniorStephanie Junior

USA

PhD topic: Analyzing gold in the mantle, petrological and geochemical studies of New Zealand peridotites.
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: steph.junior@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Anna KowalAnna Kowal

Poland

PhD topic: Strong motion seismology. Ground motion simulations for Dunedin-Mosgiel area.
Supervisor: Mark Stirling
Email: kowan133@student.otago.ac.nz


Katie MattsKatie Matts

UK

PhD topic: Fossil penguins
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: matka014@student.otago.ac.nz


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@otago.ac.nz


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@student.otago.ac.nz


Yilun ShaoYilun Shao

China

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Ayla Stenning ImageAyla Stenning

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


Francesco Turco thumbFrancesco Turco

Italy

PhD topic: Geophysical characterisation of gas hydrate systems on New Zealand's Hikurangi subduction margin
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Gareth Crutchley (GNS Science)
Email: turfr013@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


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)

Luke CarringtonLuke Carrington

New Zealand

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


Lucy DavidLucy_David_2020_image

Papua New Guinea

MSc topic: Geochemical characterization and mobilization of arsenic and heavy metals of surface waters associated with Nenthorn historic gold mine, Otago, New Zealand
Supervisors: Candace Martin, Mike Palin, Doug MacKenzie
Email: davlu269@student.otago.ac.nz


Harry Davies ImageHarry Davies

MSc topic: Expanding the Footprint of Mesothermal Gold: Trace Elements in Sulphides
Supervisors: Mike Palin, Doug MacKenzie
Email: davha306@student.otago.ac.nz


Danielle EaglesDannielle Eagles

New Zealand

MSc topic: Fossil baleen whales
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: eagda897@student.otago.ac.nz


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)


Kaeli Lalor ImageMikaeli Lalor

MSc topic: High-resolution lacustrine records of late Holocene climate change from southern New Zealand
Supervisor: Chris Moy
Email: mikaeli.lalor@otago.ac.nz


Jakob Morgan Jakob Morgan image 2020

New Zealand

MSc Topic: Deeply sourced lithic fragments in overlapping maar deposits of central Hopi Buttes volcanic field, Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA
Supervisor: James White
Email: morja406@student.otago.ac.nz


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


Clarissa-Ross-ImageClarissa Ross

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


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@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Rilee ThomasRilee Thomas

New Zealand

MSc topic: The effects of solute chemistry of ice on ice deformation behaviour
Supervisor: Dave Prior, Gemma Kerr
Email: thori218@student.otago.ac.nz


Caroline Wilsher Caroline Wilsher image 2020

MSc Topic: Eocene-Oligocene climate sensitivity reconstructed using sediments from Winton Basin, Southland
Supervisor: Christian Ohneiser


Yuval YagolnitzerYuval Yagolnitzer

Israel, New Zealand

MSc topic: The Pigroot Duality, an experimental analysis of the Pigroot phonolite
Supervisor: Marco Brenna
Email: yuval.yagolnitzer@hotmail.com

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

Eve Aitkin

BSc(Hons) Topic: Lizards and textural zones in the Otago Schist, New Zealand
Supervisors: Cathy Rufaut, Dave Craw
Email: aitev257@student.otago.ac.nz

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Daniel Burgin

BSc(Hons) Topic: Martian Mantle
Supervisor: James Scott
Email:

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Nadine Cooper

BSc(Hons) Topic: Mantle under Westland, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: coona484@student.otago.ac.nz

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Jamie Cudby thumbnailJamie Cudby

BSc(Hons) Topic: Exploring the relationship between gold, arsenic and lichen at the Come-in-Time Shear Zone, Central Otago
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: jamiecudby1@gmail.com

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Tabitha German

BSc(Hons) Topic: Evolution of air bubbles in ice during deformation
Supervisors: Dave Prior, Ruzica Dadic (VUW)
Email: gerta906@student.otago.ac.nz

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Zoe MacClure

BSc(Hons) Topic: Ice flow and deformation, Tasman Glacier, New Zealand
Supervisor: Dave Prior
Email: maczo861@student.otago.ac.nz

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Orion Marshall

BSc(Hons) Topic: Xenotime in Westland, New Zealand
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: maror753@student.otago.ac.nz

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Fox Meyer

BSc(Hons) Topic: Long Valley Fault, Otago, New Zealand
Supervisor: Mark Stirling
Email: meyai385@student.otago.ac.nz

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Sarah Baker

PGDipSci Topic: Lapita pottery in Papua New Guinea
Supervisors: James Scott, Anne Ford (Archaeology)
Email: baksa321@student.otago.ac.nz

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Arwen Werno Arwen Werno image 2020

New Zealand

PGDipSci Topic: Comparison of the morphology and emplacement of ‘pancake’ domes on Venus to rhyolitic submarine domes on Earth
Supervisor: James White
Email: arwenwerno@gmail.com

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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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