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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Dec1SGEES Seminar: Lake Mungo, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, Australia: The resilience of people among drought, flooding and mega-lakes
Date: 1 December 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Cotton building, room CO304
Speaker: Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, GermanyThe… Read more
Dec9PhD Proposal Seminar: Low-frequency earthquakes and slow tectonic deformation in the central Southern Alps, New Zealand
Date: 9 December 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Building, room CO304
Speaker: Geophysics PhD Candidate, Laura-May Baratin The Alpine Fault accommodating the relative motion between the… Read more

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26 November 2015 Agreement advances research links with Latin America
An agreement between Victoria University of Wellington and the Universidad del Viña del Mar (UVM), a leading University in Chile, will increase SGEES’ research in, of and with Latin America. Read more
26 November 2015 New Zealand needs to pedal faster on climate change
The following commentary is provided by Professor David Frame, director of the Climate Change Research Institute at SGEES and Dr Adrian Macey, a senior associate at Victoria's Institute for Governance and Policy Studies Read more
24 November 2015 NZSEA awards go to SGEES senior lecturer and graduate student
Dr Mairead de Roiste and  MGIS student Richard Law winners of NZSEA awards 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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Students on the Southern Alps

Fantastic fieldwork footage

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