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Roles and Responsibilities
Soil and Earth Sciences Postgraduate Representative.
Soil and Earth Science Seminar Series Convenor
Experienced in soil description and mapping, appropriate land use options and Quaternary geology. I specailise in mapping farms using standard and new techniques to improve both productive and environmental outcomes. This includes assessing potential and actual erosion and its mitigation. I am also experienced in Quaternary geology, especially loess and gravel sequences, volcanic landscapes and deposits. I specialise in analysis and identification of volcanic ash. I have also worked with Quaternary aquifer systems.
Organic farming in New Zealand; landscape evolution in western Hawkes Bay; recent history of the active Waewaepa, Mohaka and Ruahine faults; soil mapping and land resources of Horowhenua; soil and geological mapping of Limestone Downs, Waikato; Quaternary stratigraphy in southern North Island; Mid to late Pleistocene emergence of Wanganui-Manawatu regions; the Quaternary geology of the Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro ring plans; the loess and tephras of NE Oregon; Paleoclimate information derived from loess/paleosol sequences; tephrochronology and erosion history of the Waipaoa Catchment, Gisborne (collaboration with MARGINS). Sustainable use of land, particularly hill and steep-land; teaching farmers to map their own soils and land resources.
Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agricultural Land Planning (070102): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Earth Sciences (040000): Geology (040300): Sedimentology (040310):
Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108):
Soil characterisation and mapping; land evaluation and land use; landscape evolution; Quaternary geology; pedology; loess and tephras.
Soil characterisation and mapping; land use and sustainable land use; landscape evolution; Quaternary geology; pedology; organic farming; environmental issues.