Cliff Atkins

Senior Lecturer School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences

Courses

Teaching in 2017

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Qualifications

BSc Hons (1st Class) VUW (1995); PhD VUW (2003)

Publications

Publications from 1998 - Now

Research interests

My primary research theme is: understanding sedimentary processes and environments. Recent focus has been on:

  • polar aeolian sediment distribution, analysis of polar glaciomarine drillcores, terrestrial cold-based glaciers and the interaction with the landscape
  • interpreting marine and terrestrial depositional environments from Paleogene to Quaternary sedimentary rocks in the East Coast of New Zealand.

Recent projects

2014-15

Post Glacial climate history from the Deep Fault Drilling Project, Westland, New Zealand.

2008-ongoing

Aeolian dust distribution in the SW Ross Sea. Part of the ‘Modern Processes’ component of the Past Antarctic Climates/ANDRILL program. I led expeditions to Antarctica in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

2008-ongoing

Numerous student research projects related to interpreting depositional environments and geological history from sedimentary strata in the Wairarapa and offshore Taranaki and Canterbury basins.

2006-2009

ANDRILL project. A multinational project recovering sedimentary strata in the McMurdo Sound area, Antarctica.