Lecturer in Geology, University of Otago

I am structural geologist with research experience in a range of topics, from engineering rock mechanics to tectonics. Much of my research involves combining detailed field studies of exhumed, deformed rocks from the crust and mantle lithosphere, with detailed microscopic and textural analysis. Particular interests are: processes of strain localisation, fabric inheritance, very high strain deformation, and the record of seismic processes in fault rocks.

I think that well-constrained natural examples, such as New Zealand’s Alpine Fault zone, have much to offer us in understanding earth deformation, and am particularly keen to help to provide links from the field to the experimental laboratory.

I am also interested in unravelling the complexities of tectonic evolution of the Northland region of New Zealand, and in the relationship between plate motions and local deformation fabrics.


  • 2011–present
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Otago
  • 2008–2011
    Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Otago
  • 2008–2008
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A&M University
  • 2001–2002
    Engineering Geologist, Fraser Thomas Ltd., Auckland


  • 2008 
    University of Otago, PhD
  • 2006 
    Australian National University, MPhil (Earth Sciences)
  • 2001 
    University of Auckland, MSc (Hons), BSc