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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May26Community construction and performance as a de-politicising process: water management in Aotearoa New Zealand
Date: 26 May 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Seminar Room CO304, Kelburn Campus
Speaker: Dr Amanda Thomas, SGEES, Victoria UniversityAbstract: There has been a recent burgeoning of geography… Read more
May26New steps towards understanding earthquake hazard
Date: 26 May 2016
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Memorial Theatre, Level 2, Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington
New earthquake forecasting methods could help us prepare for the next big one, two Victoria… Read more
Dec5DevNet 2016 Conference
Date: 5 December 2016
Time: 12.00 am
We are delighted to announce DevNet’s 9th Biennial Conference on International Development hosted by Victoria… Read more

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17 May 2016 Putting magma on the map
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22 April 2016 Victoria University and National Library offer new maps of human knowledge
Victoria University and National Library offer new maps of human knowledgeA series of free public talks promoted by two iconic Wellington institutions will ask new questions about how to use maps in innovative ways.Victoria University of Wellington and the National Library are partnering for the second year in a row to deliver a series of thought-provoking talks. This year the focus is on how mapping can be applied to the study of people, geography, the weather, and even literary works. Read more
1 April 2016 'Hobbit' didn't last long
New research, involving Victoria's Associate Professor Brent Alloway, suggests that an early human species nicknamed the "Hobbit" disappeared much earlier than previously thought. 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.

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Jenni Hopkins with a map showing Auckland's volcanic field

Studying a volcanic field

A clearer understanding of the risk posed by a new volcanic eruption in Auckland has emerged from research by student Jenni Hopkins.

Student Denise Tang looking at layers of rock

Putting magma on the map

A study by Denise Tang, who will graduate with a PhD in Geology May 2016, investigated the evolution of ancient explosive volcanoes in Hong Kong that were active between 164 and 140 million years ago.

Students on the Southern Alps

Footage from the field

PhD student Hubert Zal's video features a group of geophysics students carrying out work surrounded by spectacular South Island scenery.

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