School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Our teaching and research programmes are anchored in a passion for planet Earth and expressed in an extraordinary range of courses ranging from deep earth geophysics to feminist geography. We welcome students from around the globe who come to study with our internationally recognised staff, and research at field sites in New Zealand and worldwide.
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Sep17VUW GED Seminar: Improving Predictions of Nutrient Export to Waterways from Rural Landscapes in New Zealand
Date: 17 September 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Building, room CO304
Martha Trodahl, Physical Geography PhD Candidate, Victoria University of WellingtonIn New Zealand concern over the… Read more
Oct1VUW GED Seminar: Māori maternities: Geographies of resistance, resilience and reclamation
Date: 1 October 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Building, room CO 304
Speaker: Dr Naomi Simmonds, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of WaikatoThis seminar provides an… Read more

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25 August 2015 Cool heads (From Otago Daily by Tom McKinlay)
Time is short but it is still possible to avoid a climate crisis, according to two new books, one each from either side of the Tasman. Read more
17 August 2015 Dr Eric Martinot interview on Radio NZ
Listen to Dr Eric Martinot, SGEES Adjunct Teaching Associate, talk to Our Changing World about renewable energy and what China can teach us. Read more
11 August 2015 Ground-breaking honour for geophysics researcher
SGEES' Professor Martha Savage has become the first woman in New Zealand to be elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Read more

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Sam Webber completed a Bachelor of Science with majors in Geology and Physical Geography

Sam Webber chose to study Geology because it was the closest thing to being an explorer he could be. His studies have taken him to glaciers in the Southern Alps and volcanoes in South America.
Watch Sam’s story»

Summer courses

ESCI 201: Climate Change and New Zealand's Future, and GEOG 313: Geographies of New Zealand are offered in Trimester Three.

Ben Higgs film

Summer Gold winner

Check out Ben Higgs' video that won 'Best Overall Movie’ in the Summer Gold Competition.