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Associate Professor of Applied Geology, University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau

Chartered Geologist (CGeol) and director of the master of engineering geology degree at the University of Auckland. PhD from the University of Dundee and MEng from University of New South Wales. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, I worked for a large multi-national consultancy in Brisbane, and worked on engineering geological issues across Australia-Pacific and the Middle East. Part of the landslide emergency response team for the Gisborne state of emergency in November 2021. Published >80 journal articles including many on landslide investigations and satellite monitoring, particularly on urban landslides in the North Island, including Auckland and Gisborne. Have received funding from EQC, Royal Society and MBIE for environmental geology research, supervised >50 research students to completion.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Applied Geology, University of Auckland


  • 2016 
    University of New South Wales, Engineering