BSc Hons Victoria University of Wellington (1982); PhD Massey University (1989)
Publications from 1986 - Now
I am a experienced Quaternary earth scientist with diverse expertise in tephrochronology, geochemistry, geochronology (ITPFT-technique), paleoenvironmental reconstruction, landscape evolution, soil-geomorphic relationships, volcanic and coastal hazard mapping/assessment and the characterisation and mapping of soils and cover-bed deposits. I teach Quaternary earth science and volcanology.
I have recently returned to New Zealand after successfully working for several years as an exploration and project geologist in SE Ecuador. I was part of a small team who discovered, characterised and defined the Fruta Del Norte (FDN) epithermal gold deposit – the largest gold discovery in South America in the last 20 years. Prior to this, I was a senior research scientist and science manager at GNS Science, based in Taupo and Wellington.
In November 2009, I received the McKay Hammer Award from the New Zealand Geological Society in recognition of a meritorious research contribution to New Zealand geology.
I am particularly interested in the application of tephrochronology as a tool for unravelling landscape histories and paleoenvironmental change as well as for assessing volcanic hazard. This interest is reflected in a number of my recent publications.
I am currently conducting tephra-related research in southern Chile and Argentina.