PhD Research showcase a success

02 October 2017

On Thursday 28 September, the School of Environment hosted its annual PhD Research Showcase to celebrate ongoing postgraduate research within the School.

More than 70 people attended the one-day event, which gave a selection of postgraduate students the opportunity to share their research with staff and students, as well as invited industry representatives.

The keynote speaker Dr Tom Stephens, a water quality specialist working for Dairy NZ, told attendees how he transferred the skills he developed while completing his PhD to a career in his chosen industry.

The day was divided into morning and afternoon seminar sessions during which PhD students spoke about their current projects (please see details below), and a midday session provided an opportunity for eight masters' students to give two-minute presentions explaining the research detailed on their posters.

Masters' students Bradley Jones, Brittany Knight, Thomas Gower, Elliot Bish, Jayden Woodhead, Lucy Carson, Megan Ferguson, Tasmiah Aronee competed for best poster and most popular poster.

Brittany Knight won best poster for, The dynamics of gravel movement in the Southern Hawke's Bay.

Lucy Carson won best poster by popular vote for, Structure and Alteration in the Broken Hills district, Coromandel Peninsula.

They were both presented with their prizes after the afternoon seminar session.


PhD presentations

Morning seminar session: Environmental science and Geography

Steve Ronoh
Children with Disabilities and Disaster Risk Reduction in New Zealand

William Howie
Can Public Intellectualism Reignite Geography And Reclaim The Generative Potential Of A Geography Education?

Emma Sharp
Enacting Other Foodworlds: Affective Food Initiatives Performing a Care-Full Politics of Difference

Emma Moffett
Heating Up Eco-Evolutionary Interactions: Does Rising Temperature Drive Evolution of Animal Role in Ecosystem Function?

Xiaoqing Li
Soil Organic Carbon Dynamics under Different Vegetation Types in New Zealand

Afternoon seminar session: Geology

Ben Simons
Multi-Parameter Studies Of the World’s Most Active Volcano, Yasur, Vanuatu

Paul Oluwunmi
The Response of Gas Hydrates to Tectonic Uplift

Gianna Evans
Reconstruction of the Nature and Drivers of Holocene Environmental Change from Northern New Zealand Lakes

Geoff Lerner
Using Paleomagnetism to Uncover Long-Runout Pyroclastic Flows At Active Stratovolcanoes

Elaine Smid
The Volatile Life of Auckland Magmas


Photos from the 2017 School of Environment Research Showcase