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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Jun25-18SGEES 2015 Photo Competition
Date: 25 June – 18 August 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
The John Bradley Library welcomes entries for the 2015 Photo Competition. Read more
Aug6NZCCRI and GED Seminar Series: Flexible decision making for uncertainty and dynamic climate change: a New Zealand/Netherlands decision ‘experiment’
Date: 6 August 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Building, room CO304
Speaker: Judy Lawrence Adjunct Research Fellow, NZCCRIMany decisions affected by climate change are made on… Read more
Aug7ESCI Seminar Series: Fracture Sealing in Geothermal Systems: A Combined EBSD and Chemical Approach
Date: 7 August 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Venue: Cotton Building, room CO304
Speaker: Dr. David McNamara, Geological Resources Division, GNS Science Fractures play an important role as… Read more

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16 July 2015 Research grant for greener mobility research with Germany
Associate Professor Ralph Chapman has been awarded $100,000 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to research sustainable mobility.  Read more
14 July 2015 SGEES experts respond to Government’s carbon emissions target
Victoria University's SGEES experts have responded to the Government’s announcement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Read more
13 July 2015 Major international study of slow-slip earthquakes to drill off Gisborne
A $10-$20 million project to drill into the seabed off Gisborne aims to significantly improve the understanding of slow-slip earthquakes. SGEES Prof Martha Savage and MSc student Tom Wilson were part of the scientific crew. 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.

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