Geology Research

geology-collage.jpg The geology group researches the relationships between geologic processes, rocks, soils, landscapes and society.

Our expertise

Sedimentology and basin studies

We improve knowledge of the complex interactions between sedimentology, stratigraphy and structural geology of New Zealand, and apply this to resource assessment and exploration. Our research includes applied sedimentology, diagenesis and clay mineralogy.

Quaternary and environmental geology

We investigate the Quaternary landscapes, soils and geology of New Zealand, using loess, tephra, paleomagnetic, palynological, terrestrial and marine sediment sequences to interpret Quaternary processes and paleoclimate fluctuations. We also study the impact of these processes on soil distribution and human activities.

Petrology and mineralogy

Our focus is chemical and physical processes in igneous rocks and how they relate to volcanic processes. We also investigate the petrology of sedimentary rocks. Our mineral compositions research ranges from primary minerals in igneous rocks to clay minerals in soils and sediments. We also study crystal compositions of materials in food, and analyse animal calculi for disease diagnosis.


We disseminate knowledge of the distribution and properties of New Zealand soils and their sustainable use. We also study soil formation and erosion.

For more information about our research activity, select individual researchers' names below.

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