Welcome to Geological Sciences
Geology is an incredibly diverse and multidisciplinary subject. It’s about understanding Planet Earth so that we can benefit human society and sustain the environment that supports us. We have excellent and challenging courses and research programmes which prepare students for a diverse range of career options, such as in geo-exploration, volcanology, hazard management, engineering geology, environmental planning, water resources, science teaching and geoscience research.
Christchurch has suffered liquefaction in the past
5 March 2014 Fresh research has found Christchurch has previously experienced liquefaction in an earthquake, most likely the 1869 Christchurch earthquake. (read article)
A geologist who can think outside the box is invaluable...
Christian Rüegg MSc in Geology
Geophysicist, Southern Geophysical Ltd
Dr Kirsten Nicolaysen, Department of Geology, Whitman College, USA, "The Cenozoic Kerguelen hotspot, the Mesozoic rifting of India, and a Neoproterozoic tectonic zone: the complicated geologic history of the Indian Ocean Basin"
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 3–4 pm, Room 210, Von Haast Building
Dr Christopher Gomez, Department of Geography UC, "Geomorphometry and point cloud acquisition and processing - working title"
Wednesday 19 March 2014, 3–4 pm, Room 210, Von Haast Building
Dr Simon Brocklehurst, University of Manchester, UK, "Controls on long-term landscape evolution in the Southern Alps, New Zealand"
Wednesday 26 March 2014, 3–4 pm, Room 210, Von Haast Building
Advance Notice: This year the 400 level student orientation will be held on Tuesday 4 March at 11.00 am in Room 312 in our Department in the von Haast Building and is followed by a pizza lunch at 12pm
GSNZ conference. Congratulations to our students on a job well done at the recent GSNZ conference. Emma Rhodes was awarded first place for her poster on volcanic hazards. Nick Riordan and James Cowlyn were both awarded 2nd place for their talks. Sarah Bastin received the Wellman prize and Grace O’Sullivan received the Hastie award. Sarah Bastin also received student of the year at the recent Geotechnical Society conference in Queenstown.
"Lava chasers" featuring University of Canterbury volcanologist Dr Ben Kennedy. Ben was on Hawaii testing a new theory about how bubbles collapse in lava, and the weather channel filmed the process. See more