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Postgraduate research opportunities in the Division of Sciences

Is a Cryptic Late Cretaceous Suture Hidden in the Otago Schist?

Supervisors
Dr Mike Palin, Emeritus Professor Alan Cooper
Level
Master’s

Age and metamorphism of the lower crust of the North Island and South Island, NZ

Supervisor
Associate Professor James Scott
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Wall-rock alteration in gold deposits in Westland, NZ

Supervisor
Associate Professor James Scott
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Thermal change and mineralogy of the K-T boundary

Supervisors
Associate Professor James Scott, Dr Sebastian Naeher (GNS Science)
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Environmental geochemistry at modern and historic gold mines in Otago

Supervisors
Associate Professor James Scott, Dr Cathy Rufaut
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Thermal and isotopic evolution of an exhumed accretionary prism: Otago Schist, New Zealand

Supervisors
Associate Professor James Scott, Professor Graham Pearson, Dr Nick Mortimer
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Cretaceous mantle under Westland

Supervisor
Associate Professor James Scott
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Cratonic mantle under the San Francisco Craton (South America)

Supervisors
Associate Professor James Scott, Professor Graham Pearson
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Evolution of the Paterson Inlet sedimentary basin, Stewart Island

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Dr Christina Riesselman, Dr Chris Moy
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

Volcanism in Central Otago

Supervisors
Dr Marco Brenna, Professor James White, Dr Christian Ohneiser
Level
Master’s

High-resolution reconstruction of past water quality using innovative non-destructive core scanning techniques in New Zealand lake sediments

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Sebastian Naeher, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Level
PhD

Tracing gold mineralization and associated heavy-metal pollution using lead isotopes

Supervisors
Dr Candace Martin, Professor Claudine Stirling
Level
Master’s

Provenance of sand and mud in turbidites using detrital zircons and neodymium isotopes

Supervisors
Dr Candace Martin, Dr Mike Palin
Level
Master’s

Trace elements in freshwater bivalve shells as records of water quality

Supervisor
Dr Candace Martin
Levels
Honours, Master’s

PhD degree in earthquake rupture simulation science

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Matthew Gerstenberger
Level
PhD

Postdoctoral scholar in earthquake science

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Caroline Orchiston
Level
Postdoctoral

Upper Clutha terrace chronology and late Quaternary activity of the Pisa Fault

Supervisor
Professor Mark Stirling
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Ice mechanics and the dynamics of ice sheets

Supervisor
Professor Dave Prior
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Ross Sea Paleoceanography and ice shelf retreat – 15 kyr to present

Supervisors
Dr Christian Ohneiser, Dr Christina Riesselman, Dr Catherine Beltran
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Eocene-Oligocene paleoclimate of NZ constructed from drill cores

Supervisors
Dr Christian Ohneiser, Associate Professor Daphne Lee, Dr Chris Moy, Dr Catherine Beltran
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Surtsey volcano’s diatreme

Supervisor
Professor James White
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

The structural and lithological characterization of the Port Chalmers Breccia

Supervisors
Dr Marco Brenna, Professor James White, Dr Christian Ohneiser
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours

"Marine" seismic imaging of the floor of Lake Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand

Supervisor
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

"Marine" seismic imaging of the Ostler Fault in Mackenzie Country, central South Island, New Zealand

Supervisor
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

Understanding the timing and drivers of drought in New Zealand

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Christina Riesselman, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Level
PhD

3D lithological reconstruction of the Dunedin Volcano

Supervisor
Dr Marco Brenna
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Climate of the last millennium

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Mechanism for active subsidence of the Dunedin volcano

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Paul Denys (Surveying), Dr Pilar Villamor (GNS Science)
Level
Master’s

Seismic analysis of the Hyde Fault

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Professor Dave Prior, Professor Mark Stirling
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Metamorphic Methane and Gold Mineralization in the Otago Schist

Supervisors
Dr Mike Palin, Associate Professor Greg Holk (California State University)
Level
Master’s

Developing a crustal P-wave velocity model for SE South Island using petroleum industry sources and land-based broadband seismometers

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Dr Donna Eberhart-Philips (GNS Science)
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Hydrothermal reaction experiments involving serpentinite

Supervisor
Dr Steven Smith
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Quaternary Stratigraphy (and/or Structure?) of Otago Harbour

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Dr Christina Riesselman
Levels
Honours, Master’s