Dr Gillian Turner
Associate Professor - Physics
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Phone: 04 463 6478
Location: Room 521, Laby Building, Gate 7 Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus
PHYS 115 - Physics 1B
PHYS 209 - Physics of the Earth and Planets
PHYS 305 - Thermal Physics
PHYS 447 - Introduction to Geomagnetism
My research interests involve the Earth’s magnetic field, particularly its polarity reversals and secular variation, and what they mean for the geodynamo in Earth’s core.
Our research group maintains collaborations with the University of California at Davis and the Australian National University, Canberra, as well as Waikato and Otago Universities in New Zealand.
I am passionate about effective physics teaching and the promotion of science amongst school students and their teachers. We organise workshops for school physics teachers and have introduced the SCPS Schools Programme, when groups of school children visit and have fun experiencing physics and chemistry for themselves.