Our teaching and research programmes are anchored in a passion for planet Earth and the geological, environmental, and social processes that affect the world around us.

Throughout New Zealand and across the globe, from the Earth’s deep interior to the communities we live in, our staff and students are working to understand the matters that most affect our planet.

Potential Projects for Postgraduates

Keen to enter Postgraduate study within our School but unsure on what you want to do? Come check out what potential projects we currently have on offer for budding MSc/PhD students!

A blue river, in the centre of the photo, flows over rocks and into a pool, surrounded by greenery

Our Environment

The Environmental Science students share stories on topics of interest including didymo, mangroves and the fashion industry in this class blog.

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  • Darfield earthquake – a road shifted due to the quake.

    Darfield quake 10 years ago revealed secrets

    Ten years ago a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ripped a 30-kilometre gash across the Canterbury Plains, revealing previously hidden faults and changing our understanding of earthquake science.

  • Jesse Kearse stands in front of ferns.

    Space data gives Earth insights

    With the support of a Fulbright-EQC Scholarship, PhD student Jesse Kearse from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences plans to head to the United States to study satellite data with world-leading experts at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

  • Brewster Glacier. Image by Dr. Lauren Vargo.

    Glacier melt linked to human greenhouse gas emissions

    Research from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s Antarctic Research Centre has shown a strong link between human greenhouse gas emissions and the increased melting of glaciers.