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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‘A geologist who can think outside the box is invaluable...’

Christian Rüegg MSc in Geology
Senior Project Manager, Southern Geophysical Ltd
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We have moved!!

The academic staff and the administrators of the Department of Geological Sciences have moved across the campus to the 3rd floor of the Rutherford Building. Also note the change of phone numbers to the new skype system. General staff and the laboratories are still in there familiar location in the von Haast Building on level 1 and 2.

Hot Topic

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: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/9/e1600969.full
Conversation coverage here: https://theconversation.com/humans-can-make-rockfalls-from-earthquakes-more-dangerous-65234

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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