Richard Levy

Associate Professor
Antarctic Research Centre


BSc VUW (1990), MSc VUW (1993), MSc Nebraska-Lincoln (2001), PhD Nebraska-Lincoln (1998)

Roles and responsibilities

  • Professor in Earth Sciences, Antarctic Research Centre
  • Programme Leader - NZ SeaRise Programme

National and international commitments

  • 2018– present: Programme Leader – NZ SeaRise Programme (MBIE Strategic Fund)
  • 2016– present: National Representative, Executive Committee, International Continental Drilling Programme
  • 2013– 2017: Director, Joint Antarctic Research Institute
  • 2010– 2018: Programme Leader – Past Antarctic Climates and Future Implications
  • 2007– 2015: Programme Leader – Global Change Through Time

Research projects

I am a glacial stratigrapher and paleoclimatologist with expertise in microfossil analysis. My research primarily focuses on the evolution of Earth’s climate system over the past 40 million years in the mid to high southern latitudes. I have developed strong collaborations with numerical climate and ice sheet modellers and work to integrate paleoenvironmental data with model simulations to improve our understanding of the processes that control and drive environmental change. I have extensive experience in scientific drilling and have lead major projects in Antarctica (ANDRILL, Friis Hills) and New Zealand (Lake Ohau). I lead two major environmental research programmes at GNS Science. My current interests include sea level rise impacts on New Zealand’s coastal systems. I have a passion for teaching and science communication and have developed field and classroom-based education programmes and have experience with documentary films and exhibitions. I hope to develop these outreach efforts to help young New Zealanders engage in climate change issues and solutions.


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