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 scientists predict road landslide quake risk

12 November 2015 UC scientists have developed a technique to predict the risk of
landslides in an earthquake. (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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‘I want to have the knowledge and tools to help solve real-world problems...’

Roseanna Gamlen-Greene Studying towards a BSc in Biological Sciences and Geology
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Seminars have finished for this year and will commence again in March 2016.

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Collaborative Display at FrenchFest 2015: UC, Frontiers Abroad and the Paihere Geopark
On the 10th October, the University of Canterbury in collaboration with Frontiers Abroad and the Paihere Geopark presented student research on Banks Peninsula at French Fest in Akaroa, led by Sam Hampton, Darren Gravley, Alison Jolley, and Liz Bertolett of the Department of Geological Sciences. Selected student research from over the past four years was presented, spanning research fields of physical volcanology, petrological investigations, to geo-archaeology.  The display was well attended, with great public interest both into the research being undertaken and the proposed Geopark on Banks Peninsula.

This was also the first public showcase for the Paihere Geopark, a community driven project to establish Banks Peninsula as a Geopark, into which Frontiers Abroad student research has been incorporated and driven the project.

Stefan Cook is studying towards a Professional Masters in Engineering Geology at the University of Canterbury. His work involves characterising the stability of the rock mass material at the outlet of the Crater Lake, Mt Ruapehu, located on the southern flanks of the active crater rim. The outlet occurs at a 10 m high water fall, located in the centre of the research area, and represents the best exposure of rock for his research.(read more)

MSc thesis (HAZM) students James Williams and Finn Scheele attended an exercise writing and management course run by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) on May 12 – 13. The course was designed to cover all of the steps necessary to plan, run and evaluate a scenario exercise. Four groups were formed, with the participants choosing a scenario for each group to plan for across the duration of the course. (read more)

Geological Sciences Masters student Kieran Grace recently attended a workshop in Wellington hosted by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists where he won the prize for the best presented poster for his research on meander loop migration. The workshop focused on how modern depositional systems can be used as analogues for petroleum reservoirs. (read more)

"There is a 30% chance that the Alpine Fault will rupture within 30 years, a one-in-500 year event that will produce a devastating earthquake of a magnitude 8 or more." PhD student Tom Robinson (Department of Geological Sciences UC) and Dr Dan Hikuroa (Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga) discussing the Alpine Fault on TV3s Re-Think programme.