Our teaching and research programmes are anchored in a passion for planet Earth and the geological, environmental, and social processes that affect the world around us.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, from the Earth’s deep interior to the communities we live in, our staff and students are working to understand the matters that most affect our planet.

Prof Renwick wins Prime Minister Award

On Tuesday 12th March, our very own Head of School, Professor James Renwick, won the 2018 Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize for his outstanding communication about the science behind our changing climate and how it could affect the future.

A blue river, in the centre of the photo, flows over rocks and into a pool, surrounded by greenery

Our Environment

The Environmental Science students share stories on topics of interest including didymo, mangroves and the fashion industry in this class blog.

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  • Modelling future floods to protect Mirumiru marae

    Master's in Physical Geography student Raiatea Barlow-Kameta (Ngāitai, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui and Whakatōhea) is using flooding models to help Marokopa village and nearby Mirumiru marae prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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    Volcanic ash has a chemical signature that is unique to its source, says postdoctoral researcher Dr Jenni Hopkins, who is using this trait to reconstruct the eruption history of the Auckland volcanic field.