Geological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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.

UC students make the world their campus

22 December 2016 With summer here, hundreds of UC students are heading around the globe to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities near and far. (read article)

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Engineering Geology Programme

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Geothermal Research Programme

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Geoscience Education Research Group

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‘The courses are interesting, the lecturers are great and always willing to help, and the UCSA organises wicked events...’

Stefanie Tibbotts Studying towards an MSc in Environmental Science
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Research and Teaching Seminars

Research seminars will commence again at the beginning of Semester 1 in 2017.

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Important for 300-level Students

GEOL352-17X – Advanced Field Mapping
11-19 February 2017; 4/5 March 2017

(N.B. initial field work is scheduled for the week prior to the start of semester one).
All 300-level students planning to enrol in GEOL 352 will undertake field mapping exercises in Castle Hill basin during the week before Semester 1 starts in mid-February. Accommodation will be in the University of Canterbury field station at Cass. Depending on class enrolment numbers we anticipate running two streams (A and B) with a change-over day during the middle of the week. Both streams will include bedrock geological mapping and cross-section construction as well as one day of tectonic geomorphic mapping scheduled for the weekend of 4/5th March. Field mapping takes place off-campus and a reasonable degree of physical fitness is required. Further course details will be posted in mid-January, if enrolment numbers warrant running two streams we will advise accordingly with further instructions on class allocation and time schedules.
Jarg Pettinga and Andy Nicol
Course Coordinators

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Congratulations to Travis Horton who was awarded UCSA Science Lecturer of the Year at Friday night’s ceremony. He shares the award with Ian Shaw from Chemistry. Chris Grimshaw was nominated for a Technical Staff award, and Paul Ashwell for Great Character of the year. Well done!

Congratulations to Josh Borella for his paper in Science Advances with Mark Quigley and Louise Vick, published over the weekend! Check it out:
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Outreach Presentation - Gabby Watson and Andrea Barrier held an outreach presentation yesterday, Thursday 23rd June, at St Joseph’s school (Ashburton).  They spent the day at the school making a presentation to different class levels on the topic of Earthquakes entitled: Earthquakes, when the earth Shakes…. !   A follow up will be in the next newsletter!

Congratulations – UC Teaching Awards Congratulations to Ben Kennedy and Tom Wilson in their recent UC Teaching Awards. Ben Kennedy taking out a UC Teaching Award, and Tom, with Erik Brogt and Tara Ross a Teaching Innovation Award for their DRRE Disaster Reporting Workshop. These awards will be presented at a ceremony to mark the opening of this year’s UC Teaching Week on 7 June.

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