Samuel Hampton - People - Geological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Samuel Hampton


Lecturer in Geology (Fixed-term contract)


BSc(Hons) and PhD, Canterbury University (NZ)



Contact Details

Phone: (#64-3) 369 4509 ext 94509

Postal Address: Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Fields Research

  • Geothermal Energy
  • Volcanic Geomorphology
  • Volcanic Hazards
  • Volcanic Sedimentation
  • Volcanism and the Landscape of Banks Peninsula

Research Summary

Research follow three main themes

  • Volcanism - Volcanic processes, reconstruction of volcanic systems, volcanic stratigraphy, and volcano-tectonic relationships. Focus of doctoral studies and continuuing research on intraplate volcanism of Banks Peninsula.  
  • Volcanic Hazards - effects and mitigation of volcanic ash on infrastructure, housing, and machinery. Research in close association with Thomas Wilson.
  • Geothermal Energy - within the Geothermal Resource Research Group and Source to Surface Research Programme. Investigating the geological and magmatic controls on geothermal systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Future Research

  • Banks Peninsula - volcanic stratigraphy, geochemical variation and upper level volcanic processes.
  • Volcanic Hazards - mitigation for volcanic ash. Use of Ground Penetrating Radar in volcanic environments as a tool gaining insights into volcanic processes (i.e. runout distances, forces).
  • Geothermal Energy - geological and magmatic controls on geothermal systems in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.

Key Methodologies

  • Analysis - Thin Section and Geochemical
  • Field based studies
  • GIS Analysis
  • Physical Testing - Volcanic Ash Testing (VAT) Facility