Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Postgraduate students in the Department of Geology

PhD

Sam AllanSamantha Allan

South Africa

PhD topic: TBA
Supervisor:
Email: allsa187@student.otago.ac.nz


Caroline BelangerCaroline Bélanger

Canada

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


Hazel ConwayHazel Conway

Ireland

PhD topic: Investigating an uplifted submarine volcanic succession on Milos Island, Greece
Supervisors: James White
Email: 
conha128@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


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


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@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


Jasper HoffmanJasper Hoffmann

Germany

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@student.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


Risa Matsumura_smRisa Matsumura

Japan

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


Alessio PontesilliAlessio Pontesilli

Italy

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@gmail.com


Kat Sauer smKat Sauer

USA

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@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


Olivia TruaxOlivia Truax

USA

PhD topic: TBA
Supervisor:
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


Andrea-Verolino_smAndrea Verolino

Italy

PhD topic: Surtseyan volcanism: case studies from Pahvant Butte and Black Point (Western USA), and Surtsey (Iceland)
Supervisors: James White
Email: veran321@student.otago.ac.nz

^ Top of page

Master of Science (MSc)

Menuka AnandaniMenuka Anandani

Fiji

MSc topic: Natural aggregate resource of Fiji Islands-characteristics that affect the composition, quality, and possible uses
Supervisors: Mike Palin, Candace Martin
Email: aname200@student.otago.ac.nz


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@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


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


Donna CondonDonna Condon

New Zealand

Msc topic: Reconstructing Antarctic Bottom Water Current Strength at ODP Site 1101
Supervisors: Christian Ohneiser, Chris Moy
Email: condo821@otago.ac.nz


Danielle EaglesDannielle Eagles

New Zealand

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


Dannielle FougereDannielle Fougere

New Zealand

MSc topic: Seismic characterisation of gas hydrates in the Pegasus basin, New Zealand
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: fouda188@student.otago.ac.nz


Simon HolbekSimon Holbek

Denmark

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@student.otago.ac.nz


Mikaeli Lalor

MSc topic: High-resolution lacustrine records of late Holocene climate change from southern New Zealand
Supervisor: Chris Moy
Email:


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@student.otago.ac.nz


Hamish LilleyHamish Lilley

New Zealand

MSc topic: Gold in Preservation Inlet, Fiordland
Supervisor: James Scott
Email: lilha287@student.otago.ac.nz


Justin LoJustin Lo

New Zealand

MSc topic: Basin Evolution of the Moutere Depression
Supervisor: Andrew Gorman
Email: loju5056@student.otago.ac.nz


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@gmail.com


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@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


Nathaniel ParsonsNathaniel Parsons

New Zealand

MSc topic: Acoustic properties of sea ice
Supervisor: Dave Prior
Email:parna138@student.otago.ac.nz


Jan PiekarskiJan-Kristian Piekarski

Germany

MSc topic: Middle Cenozoic unconformities of Waihao Valley, South Canterbury Basin
Supervisor: Ewan Fordyce
Email: pieja996@student.otago.ac.nz


Oliver ReesOliver Rees

New Zealand

BMc topic: Seismic characterisation of sediments in Otago Harbour
Supervisors: Christina Riesselman, Andrew Gorman
Email: reeol408@student.otago.ac.nz


Catherine SangsterCatherine Sangster

New Zealand

MSc topic: Strong motion seismology ground motion simulations in Dunedin CBD
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Mark Stirling
Email: sanca510@student.otago.ac.nz


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


Stephie TayStephie Tay

New Zealand

MSc topic: Placer rare earth minerals on the West Coast
Supervisor: James Scott
Email:tayst598@student.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


Mathew VannerMathew Vanner

New Zealand

MSc topic: Fossilised Wood of Southland and Otago
Supervisors: Daphne Lee, Uwe Kaulfuss
Email: vanma943@student.otago.ac.nz


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


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@student.otago.ac.nz

^ Top of page

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

Harry Davies

BSc(Hons) topic: Expanding the Footprint of Mesothermal Gold: Trace Elements in Sulphides
Supervisors: Mike Palin, Doug MacKenzie
Email:


Michelle Fitzgerald

BSc(Hons) topic: Ultra-high Pressure Mineralogy and Deformation Textures in Shocked Meteorites
Supervisor: James Scott
Email:


Caitlin Hall

BSc(Hons) topic: Origin of the offshore gravity anomaly at the grounding line of the Kamb Ice Stream, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Supervisors: Andrew Gorman, Gary Wilson
Email:


Alex Vilela

BSc(Hons) topic: Intrusion related alteration and REE mineralisation in the Mandamus Igneous Complex
Supervisor: Marco Brenna
Email
:


Brittany Watson

BSc(Hons) topic: Lithium and Rare Earth Element mineralization within the Alpine Dike Swarm, Southern Alps
Supervisor: James Scott
Email
:

^ Top of page

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

William Gray

PGDipSci topic: Structural controls and geochemical signature of mineralisation south of the Cap Burn Fault, Northern Rock and Pillars, East Otago
Supervisor: Doug MacKenzie
Email
:


Gray McDougall

PGDipSci topic: Using Au and As concentrations in Pyrite as a footprint to explore structurally controlled Gold deposits
Supervisor: Mike Palin, Doug MacKenzie
Email:


Joseph WhitmoreJoseph Whitmore

New Zealand

PGDipSci topic: Unlocking the hidden treasures of the Otago Peninsula
Supervisor: Marco Brenna
Email: whijo549@student.otago.ac.nz


Alex Zhou

PGDipSci topic: Site conditions of the University of Otago Dunedin campus
Supervisor: Mark Stirling
Email:

^ Top of page

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:
Supervisors:
Email:


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


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@student.otago.ac.nz


Risha SinghRisha Jasmine Singh

PhD (Toxicology) topic: Biosorption of Heavy Metals from Water
Supervisors: Rhonda Rosengren (Pharmacology and Toxicology), Candace Martin
Email: sinri581@student.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: