Antarctic Research Centre

Prof Timothy Naish

Antarctic Research Centre

Phone: 04 463 6197
Location: Room 517, Cotton Building, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Prof Timothy Naish


BSc Waikato (1988); MSc (Hons) Waikato (1989); PhD Waikato (1996)

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Director, Antarctic Research Centre
  • Principal Scientist, GNS Science

National and International Commitments

  • 2014– present: NZ/Australia Representative on the Science Evaluation Panel of the International Ocean Disocovery Programme
  • 2009– present: Sub-contract ($3M) Leader FRST/MSI/MBIE Past Antarctic Climates Programme
  • 2005– present: Lead Principal Investigator on 4 RSNZ Marsden Funded Projects ~$3.5M
  • 2002–2013: Chair of the International ANDRILL Science Committee
  • 2010–2013: Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5, WG1
  • 2009–2012: Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund Council and Convenor of the Earth Science and Astronomy Assessment Panel
  • 2005–2012: Member, Executive Committee, SCAR Antarctic Climate Evolution (ACE) Scientific Research Project, and Chair of the Pleistocene Sub-Committee
  • 2005–2011: Co-Chief Scientist of the international ANDRILL McMurdo Ice shelf Project
  • 2010–2011: US National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committee to review US scientific ocean drilling programs
  • 1999–2010: Member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal, Sedimentary Geology
  • 2005–2009: Programme Leader (2005-2009) $20M ANDRILL FRST Programme

Research Projects and Interests

  • Paleoclimatology from glaciated and non-glaciated continental margins
  • Sequence stratigraphy, integrated chronostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy  and sedimentology
  • Specialising in reconstruction of past sea-level and ice volume variability
  • Earth system proxy data and numerical model comparison and integration
  • Interest in science communication and outreach


  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (2014)
  • Martha T. Muse Prize (2014) - for his outstanding research into understanding Antarctica's to past and present climate change
  • Victoria University Research Excellence Award (2014)
  • Victoria University Public Contribution Award (2013)
  • New Zealand Antarctic Medal (2010) - for services to Antarctic climate science
  • New Zealand Science and Technology Medal (2009) - recognition of Tim’s scientific leadership and contribution to the knowledge on Antarctic ice sheets and their influence on global sea-level change and climate in a warming world
  • James Lee Wilson Award (2008) - for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology by the SEPM (Society of Sedimentary Geology)
  • Geological Society of New Zealand, McKay Hammer (2006) -  awarded for most meritorious contribution to New Zealand Earth Sciences in the last two calendar years
  • Royal Society of New Zealand Hamilton Prize (1998) - for New Zealand’s best emerging researcher

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