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Rupert Sutherland

Professor of tectonics and geophysics, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

My primary interests are in tectonic processes and geophysical exploration. I am involved in tectonic research at all scales. Drilling into the Alpine fault investigates microscopic to mountain scales. I have worked on a variety of crustal-scale projects using geophysical methods, and on the processes of subduction zone initiation and sedimentary basin formation. I have also worked on the history of global plate motions and how and why they have changed. These various studies have also led to secondary interests in geomorphology, climate change, and natural physical resources.


  • –present
    Professor of tectonics and geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington


  • 1995 
    University of Otago, NZ, PhD Geoscience


Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand