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Dr Alex McAlpine
Visiting December 2022–May 2023
Alex McAlpine is a Dunedin-based geoscience consultant with broad experience in multidisciplinary research and innovation. He has worked in the agriscience, petroleum and energy industries and is currently researching “Induced Seismicity”, and the management of heavy metals in drinking-water.
Alex is initiating a research project within the Geology department to examine the potential for algal-bioremediation of arsenic-rich waters draining from the Otago Schist.
Dr Navot Morag
Visiting December 2022–November 2023
Navot is a researcher at the Geological Survey of Israel working with Nick Mortimer and James Scott on detrital rutile (and other minerals) U-Pb geochronology and chemistry in various (meta-)sedimentary rock units of New Zealand.
Professor Mark Paetkau
Visiting January–May 2023
Mark Paetkau is a visiting Professor from Thompson Rivers University, BC, Canada, where he is a Teaching Professor in the Physical Sciences Department (Physics). His teaching role spans a wide range of courses, include the advanced lab, introductory physics and, recently, quantum computing. He is at Otago on sabbatical working to diversify further into the area of geophysics.
Professor Bryn Hubbard
Visiting March–April 2020
Bryn, visiting Otago as a William Evans Fellow, will work on recently-collected data sets relating to the three-dimensional structure and temperature field of Antarctic glaciers and ice shelves. He will also chair a workshop session on the three-dimensional structure of ice masses and give a series of academic and public lectures on his recent research on Himalayan glaciers, Antarctica’s Ice Shelves, and the existence and behaviour of valley glaciers on Mars.
Visiting January–April 2020
Matthew is a PhD student at the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey working on reconstructing the Antarctic sea ice extent during MIS 5e. While at Otago Matthew will work with Christina Riesselman on measuring biogenic silica content across a glacial cycle.
Visiting October 2019–April 2020
Zhongjin works at the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences. While at Otago Zhongjin will work with James White and Marco Brenna on volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks.
Visiting January–May 2019
Dylan is working with Dr Tobias Dürig conducting experimental studies on the 2012 submarine eruption of the Havre seamount.
Visiting March–July 2018
ENS Paris, France Internship with Christian Ohneiser working on MIS31 current and temp changes in Antarctica at 1Ma.
Associate Professor Lisa Gilbert
Visiting January–July 2018
Lisa is working with James White.
Visiting March–June 2018
University Rennes 1, France. Internship with Virginia Toy
Visiting December 2017–June 2018
Matteo is working for Steven Smith.
Professor Atle Rotevatn
Visiting August 2017–July 2018
Atle is working with Steven Smith, Virginia Toy, Dave Prior, and others on structural geology and tectonics projects such as: structural controls on fluid flow, deformation band faulting, and structure and evolution of sedimentary basins.
Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide
Working with Daphne Lee and several students on plant fossils from many sites in New Zealand, their palaeoenvironments and the effects of long term climate change. Over the next few years we will be completing various studies comparing the Miocene and Eocene vegetation and floristics of Australia and New Zealand, as well as describing biogeographically important fossils from a range of plant families.