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The School of Surveying hosts a number of student research projects at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Here is a list of PhD/Masters theses, and postgraduate diploma/honours dissertations.

Postgraduate Theses

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Name Year Thesis Title
Kambiz Borna 2017 Geographical Vector Agent Modelling for Image Classification: Initial Development
Brian Coutts 2017 Surveying Profession: Influence of Technology
Cliff Paterson 2016 Deforestation, agricultural intensification, and farm resilience in Northern Belize: 1980-2010
Judith Rodda 2016 Hector Dolphins Patterns in Space-Time
Robert Wayumba 2015 Impacts of Land Registration in Kenya
Geoffrey Hay 2014 Instrument-Centred software architecture
Benjamin Quaye 2014 Information Deficiencies and Urban Land Market
Ahmed Abdalla 2013 The combined modelling of the regional quasigeoid of New Zealand using gravity and GPS-levelling data.
Elaine Leung 2013 Foraging behaviour of juvenile New Zealand sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri)
Christopher Joseph 2013 Land Tenure and Human Security
Dawn Coburn 2012 Gone Tomorrow? Choosing the past to create the future
Mariano Recio 2012 Spatial ecology of introduced mammalian predators in New Zealand: using satellite technology to quantify resource selection
Amelie Auge 2011 Foraging ecology of recolonising female NZ sea lions around the Otago Peninsula, NZ
Pascal Sirguey 2010 Monitoring Snow Cover and Modelling Catchment Discharge With Remote Sensing in the Upper Waitaki Basin
David Goodwin 2008 Belonging knows no boundaries: Persisting land tenure custom for Shona, Ndebele and Ngāi Tahu.
Mick Strack 2008 An investigation into the river rights of indigenous people of Canada and New Zealand
Peter Knight 2008 Where Did We Go Wrong? A Critical Assessment of Management in the Bluff Oyster Fishery.

Masters (MSurv, MSc, MAppSc)

Name Type Year Thesis Title
Christopher Page MSurv 2017 Underground TLS Control Network
Zenoveva Correia MSc(SURV) 2016 Accessibility of Land Data and Information Integration in Newly-Independent Countries, with Specific Reference to Timor-Leste
Alexander Geddes MSc 2016 An investigation of dynamic surface elevation and volume changes of Tasman Glacier using multi-temporal ASTER derived digital elevation models
Jim Watts MSc 2013 Post-release monitoring of reintroduced buff weka (Gallirallus Australis Hectorii) to mainland New Zealand using GPS/GSM tags.
Vickneshwaran Jaya Kumaran MSc 2012 An Integrated GIS-Based Three-Dimensional Subsurface Visualization System
Todd Redpath MSc 2011 Utilising optical satellite imagery to derive multi-temporal flow-fields for the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand
David Shearer MSurv 2011 Shared spaces in New Zealand urban areas
Theresa Cole MSc 2011 An acceleration in New Zealand's sea level record?
Abraham Growcott MSc 2010 Measuring Sperm Whales Via Acoustics and Photogrammetry
Ryan Clark MSc 2008 The spatial ecology of yellow-eyed penguin nest site selection at breeding areas with different habitat types on the South Island of New Zealand.
Mikhal Denham MSc 2008 Squat & UKC of the Kakariki in Otago Harbour.
Fabien Germond MSc 2008 Phytoplankton and zooplankton investigation of the North Bay of Biscay continental shelf region using multi-frequency acoustics
Julia Michele de Chabannes du Peux MSc 2008 Bathymetry and tidal influences in the Taieri River Esturary.
Delia Strong MSc 2008 Patterns and processes of ice loss at Tasman Glacier : an evaluation using historic data sources and remotely sensed imagery
Wendy Wickens MSc 2007 Detection of Upper Mid-crown Yellowing in Pinus Radiata using hyperspectral remote sensing.
Jagannath Aryal MSc 2006 Multi-resolution imagery and object-oriented techniques for vegetation mapping of urban areas, case study of Dunedin city, New Zealand.
Amélie Augé MSc 2006 Terrestrial spatial ecology of female New Zealand sea lions : study at Sandy Bay, Auckland Islands, and implications for the management of the recolonisation
Chin Yee Chew MSc 2006 A strategy for space-time data collection, processing and representation on complex transportation networks
Aaron Jordan MSc 2005 Implementing localized deformation models in a semi-dynamic datum.
J. Mwanakasale MSc 2005 Control Network Improvement in Zambia
Su Bee Seng MSc 2005 Geostatistical modelling, analysis and mapping of epidemiology of dengue fever in Johor State, Malaysia


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci, PGDipAppSc)

Name Type Year Thesis Title
Kotee Teburea PGDipSci GIS 2013 Our waste, our way
Rosie Wood PGDipSci GIS 2013 Modeling ice retreat on Kilimanjaro using GIS
Christopher Garden PGDIpSci 2012 Shifting Sands: A spatio-temporal analysis of the Mason Bay dune system, Stewart Island, New Zealand.
Nicholas Plimmer PGDipSci GIS 2012 Comparing the efficacy of traditional 2D topographic maps with2.5D relief maps for navigation by trampers
Bradley Cooper PGDipSci 2011 Sound velocity profile optimization – Quantifying the uncertainty associated with sound velocity in hydrographic surveying
Henry Cotton PGDipSci 2011 Does the Gaza Strip have a legal right to territorial sea?
Oliver Edwards PGDipSci 2011 A-Priori TVU modeling for the Benthos C3D Sidescan Sonar on the Polaris II
Jason Eichstaedt PGDipSci 2011 Extended Continental Shelf claims: challenges for South West Pacific nations
Abdullateef Mahmud PGDipSci


Single beam echo sounder target strength trials and depth accuracy
Sisi Zhang PGDipSci GIS 2011 Urban design based on online virtual reality
Hamish Macmillan PGDipSci GIS 2010 GIS-based multi-criteria analysis of New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) breeding habitat on the New Zealand mainland
Luke Chamberlain PGDipSci GIS 2010 Accuracy assessment of multi-station tide interpolation models in Otago harbour
Andrew Ternes PGDipSci 2007 The Implementation of 3D Nautical Charts to Hydrographic Survey
Grant Carroll PGDipSci 2005 Cultural GIS in the Bluff Oyster Fishery
Nick Hankey PGDipSci 2005 The development and application of a cognitively-intuitive dynamic map based on a diffusion-based density equalizing algorithm.
David Kilpatrick PGDipSci 2005 Determining surfing breaking components at Aromoana Beach, Dunedin.
Duncan McRae PGDipSci 2005 Multibeam/Singlebeam accuracy quantification and bathymetric surface comparison: A study of Cutter Channel, Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand
Mosese Tagicakibau PGDipSci 2005 Marine Tenure in Fiji: Customary, Statutory and Policy Recognition of rights in the sea.

BSurv and BAppSc Honours

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