Two scholarships available for masters students

What lies beneath


Project title | What lies beneath: a novel approach to investigating Antarctic ice sheet subglacial hydrology using subglacial carbonates.

Scholarship funder | The New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute.

There are two project options:

One | The project involves examination of the petrology, elemental and isotopic geochemistry of a unique collection of sub-ice sheet carbonate collected from a range of ice-free location from the margins of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

This project is best suited for students with a geochemistry and/or carbonate petrology background. Travel to collaborator laboratories in Australia will be required to undertake some of the analyses.

Two | Glacial geomorphology and chronology of glacial advances associated with the sub-glacially precipitated carbonates encountered in the Boggs Valley region of the Helliwell Hills, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.

The focus of this project is on production of high-resolution topographic and geomorphic maps from drone, terrestrial laser scanner and RTK-GPS based datasets that will be collected over the 2018/19 season.

3-D mapping of the carbonate precipitates, associated moraines and glacial erosional landforms will be an integral part of the project, and combined with U-series dating of the carbonates and/or dating of the associated moraines and ice-moulded bedrock using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides.

Both projects | are part of a larger project that involves reconstruction of the nature and drivers of paleohydrology at the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

In addition | there is scope for honours projects associated with the Masters projects listed above.

 

Auckland maar lakes as climate dipsticks


Project title | Auckland maar lakes as climate dipsticks: producing unique insights into the nature and drivers of the past 117,000 years of climate change.

Scholarship funder | The RSNZ Marsden Fund.

The masters scholarship | forms a part of a larger project that involves high resolution paleoclimate reconstruction from Auckland maar lake laminated sediment records spanning the Last Glacial Cycle (past ca 117 ka).

This is a multi-disciplinary project involving sediment elemental and isotopic geochemistry, paleoecological and environmental reconstruction using a range of proxies, and geochronology (14C, meteoric 10Be, paleomagnetism, tephrochronology and luminescence dating).

The successful applicant would form a part of the team from a range of New Zealand and international research institutions.

The project | will focus on the application of lake sediment organic matter isotopic and biomarker approaches to reconstructing past climates and environments from the new Orakei maar lake sediment record that spans about 120,000 years.

Travel to collaborator laboratories in Australia and/or USA/Europe may be required to undertake some of the analyses.

In addition | there is scope for honours projects associated with the Masters project listed above, particularly sedimentology and paleoecology of the sediment cores.

 

 

For more information


Associate Professor Paul Augustinus, School of Environment
Associate Professor Paul Augustinus

For further information, please contact Paul Augustinus, School of Environment, The University of Auckland p.augustinus@auckland.ac.nz

Please note | For both projects, candidates must have permanent residency in New Zealand or Australia and the projects must be undertaken full-time.