Quaternary Environments Research Group

Quaternary Environments Research Group

Description

We study the Earth's changing environment using geological archives, such as deep sea, lake and ice cores and landforms sculpted by glaciers over time. We take a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on geophysical, geological, geochemical, biological and computer modelling techniques.

Expertise

We study the Earth’s changing environment using geological archives, such as deep sea, lake and ice cores and landforms sculpted by glaciers over time. We take a multi–disciplinary approach, drawing on geophysical, geological, geochemical, biological and computer modelling techniques.

Objective

Our research is centred in the New Zealand and Southern Ocean regions, from mountain tops to the deep ocean. There is a strong emphasis on international and contemporary contexts of global climate change.

Research Focus

The Quaternary period spans the last 2.6 million years. During this time, climate fluctuated dramatically, the human species evolved and adapted, and the landscape around us was shaped and modified. This time period is fundamental to our understanding of the modern–day physical, biological and human environments

Most of our research is carried out in New Zealand and Antarctica, but we also have active research interests in Australia, New Guinea, Asia, North America and the Pacific Islands. Our projects involve collaboration with New Zealand and overseas investigators.