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Mini Jet Boat reveals glacier secrets

Dr Heather Purdie has been using the departments mini jet boat (nicknamed the Trytanic) to map the toe of Tasman Glacier. Read more. Also see the new video of boat in action.
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What is Geography all about?

What is Geography all about?

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‘I knew I had found something worth studying...’

Kyle Gibson Studying towards an MA in Philosophy
History Teacher, Unity High School, Sudan
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The Department of Geography has regular seminars that are open to all, normally held in Geography room 406 on Mondays from 1-2pm. For upcoming seminars see UC Events for Geography, or subscribe to the GeogSeminars announcement list.

If you would like to give a seminar please contact Dr Kelly Dombroski

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Geography Tutors 2017

See attached pdf for details on applying for 2017 undergraduate tutoring positions - Applications are due by Jan 30th

Job Vacancies in Geography

1. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
We particularly seek applications from individuals with the capacity to teach and research in one or more of the following areas: climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, and hazards, and be able to contribute to the Environmental Sciences double-major, which is a new initiative at the University of Canterbury. Experience in geospatial techniques and/or numerical modelling would also be welcomed. Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting the Head of the Department of Geography, Associate Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza, or the Deputy Head of Department, Dr Deirdre Hart,

2. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
We particularly seek applications from individuals with the capacity to teach and research about environment-society issues, broadly understood. This expertise might encompass topics such as environmental governance and management, environmental disputes and contestation, theorisation of the environment, resource use, and political ecology. Familiarity with qualitative research methods and contemporary debates in human geography would be welcome. Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting David Conradson, Associate Professor of Human Geography, or the Head of the Department of Geography, Associate Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza,

In addition there are two research posts and a PhD scholarship available working with staff in Geography available in the Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) Toi Hanagarau

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Geospatial Science. The fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D. whose training and research is in either: urban planning, urban design modelling, urban geography and/or a related discipline. Good quantitative skills, GIS expertise (ideally in Quantum GIS) are essential with experience of statistical analysis.
  2. Software Developer / Designer for Urban Modelling. The developer/designer will have a Masters (and ideally a PhD) with a proven record of developing software tools to a high quality standard, and good understanding of Java Script, SQL, and other relevant programming languages, experience using and developing open source analytical tools and expertise in GIS (ideally with experience using Quantum GIS) and/or spatial methods.

Further information about these roles can be obtained by contacting Professor Simon Kingham, The project also includes a PhD scholarship. This is a fully funded, three year scholarship including fees. The student will work on a project looking at how crowd-sourced and urban sensor data can feed into better decisions for cities, towns and homes.
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Emerging Researcher Award

Malcolm The winner of the College of Science Emerging Researcher Award 2016 is Dr Malcolm Campbell of the Department of Geography.  Malcolm is co-Director of the GeoHealth Lab and is also a PI in the Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau. Malcolm is a geographer, also with a background in economics.  The overall focus of his research is ‘how does place alter health?

Making Cheese Toasties in Antarctica

Making Grilled Cheese Paul Bealing shows how to maintain a balanced diet while doing science in Antarctica. There is also a more science focused extract featuring Marwan with background shots of Peyman and Kurt. Filmed as part of the upcoming National Geographic series Continent 7: Antarctica which launches on campus Wednesday 9th Nov in C2 at 6pm.

UC Sustainability Awards

Gold Staff Professors Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham won the Gold staff award for their trailblazing community service paper GEOG309, and George Moon won the Gold student award for his efforts in creating the Eco Club Network.
A full list of the winners, and more information about their projects, can be found here.

Congrats all round

Congratulations to Andrew Douglas-Clifford (current UC Geog student) and Dr Daniel Hogg (recently completed Geography PhD student) for their success in being named as finalists in the NZ Spatial Awards.
Also congratulations to former UC Geographer and now PVC Science Prof Wendy Lawson, and ex-UC Geography graduate Kurt Janssen for also making the finalist list. More details here.
Congratulations to staff Eric Pawson and Simon Kingham and student George Moon for winning Gold Awards at the University 2016 Sustainability Awards. More details here

Two New UAVs for Geography

Albatross and MTD Dr Marwan Katurji shows off two new fixed wing UAVs in front of the Geography Department. The yellow "My Twin Dream" was built by Paul Bealing to go to Antarctica this coming season. Marwan will pilot the aircraft in the Dry Valleys and will be recording turbulence measurements with a custom made turbulence probe. The red "Albatross" has just arrived and will be configured to carry a number of larger sensors for long range atmospheric work (and anything else that comes along as this thing is big enough to carry just about anything).


New Facility for Geography

RSIC The Regional Science and Innovation Centre is on schedule and Geography will begin its move to this new facility in 2017. For a detailed look at this new modern resource.


Jobs for Geography Grads

Senior Researcher, Social Sciences - OPUS
For details see their web site application

Principal Environmental Planner - Jacobs 
Jacobs are looking for a Principal Environmental Planner to join their new Hamilton team in 2017. This is your chance to lead and provide solutions to their complex projects across the region in the roads, rail, water and power and energy sectors.
Click here for more information.

Principal Water Engineer - Jacobs 
Jacobs are looking for an experienced Principal Water Engineer to join them in their Christchurch office this year. This is your chance to bring your technical expertise to deliver projects that meet and exceed their clients expectations.
Click here for more information.

Lectureship in Human Geography - Durham University
The department of Geography at Durham University has three lectureships available. These are permanent appointments at the full range of the lectureship grades. Close 20 Nov 2016

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NZ Coastal Society Student Award - Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference, to be held 21-23 June 2017 in Cairns. The award will cover conference registration, attendance at the conference dinner and $1000 towards travel and accommodation. The award winner will be judged on the quality of the accepted abstract and alignment with the goals of the New Zealand Coastal Society. To be eligible the abstract must be accepted to present at Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017, the lead author must be an undergraduate, masters or PhD student at a recognised Tertiary institution based in New Zealand and a student member of the NZ Coastal Society at the time of submission.
So get your abstract into the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 Conference by 31st October to be considered.

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