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Our Scientists

Check out a few of the scientists involved in understanding the plate boundary and natural hazards here on the East Coast

These are some of the scientists, from a number of different science fields who are working to discover more about the plate boundary and how natural hazards affect us.

Claire McKinley

Claire McKinley

“The best part of my job is learning about why the Earth is the way it is, and finding as many ways as possible to share that with others”

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Samer Naif

Samer Naif

"The thing I most enjoy is exploring remote areas and making new discoveries about how the earth works"

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Rob Harris

Rob Harris

“It sounds cliché but we live on earth, and it is important to understand it, there’s a beauty to it.”

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Martha Savage

Martha Savage

"I wasn't too sure I wanted to be a scientist when I was younger and then at high school I realised I was good at it"

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Katie Woods

Katie Woods

“There’s so much opportunity for amazing fieldwork and research in this country because of its location on a plate boundary”

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Demian Saffer

Demian Saffer

“For me, the most exciting thing about doing science is discovering something new – even if it is only a small piece of the puzzle”

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Weiwei Wang

Weiwei Wang

“I am really looking forward to working alongside world experts who I can ask suggestions from to help my study”

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Lorna Strachan

Lorna Strachan

“For me, the most exciting thing about doing science is working in a team of like-minded people and bouncing ideas and thoughts off one-another.”

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Yoshihiro Kaneko

Yoshihiro Kaneko

“Earth Science is about better understanding problems of significant societal, political and historical relevance, such as earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes”

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Helen Bostock

Helen Bostock

“I really hope that the results of the science can be improve local communities resilience in the event of a large earthquake.”

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Rebecca Bell

Rebecca Bell

“My job description is “find out something new that no one has ever found out before”- that is excellent motivation to go to work each day!”

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Rob Bell

Rob Bell

“I had a unique opportunity to learn about the destructive power of tsunami, when I went to Thailand after the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in 2004"

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Susan Ellis

Susan Ellis

“Studying earth sciences lets me combine my passion for the outdoors with fun experiments to answer questions about natural hazards in New Zealand.”

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Philip Barnes

Philip Barnes

“I’ve always been interested in the natural landscape around me and how it came to be like it is, whether it be on land or under water”

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David Johnston

David Johnston

“New Zealand communities are vulnerable to a number of natural hazard events”

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Laura Wallace

Laura Wallace

“Since learning about plate tectonics at school I haven’t been able to look at a world map without trying to fit the plates back together.”

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Joshu Mountjoy

Joshu Mountjoy

"I have always been interested in landscapes and when I started studying geology at university it soon became apparent that geomorphology was where it was at."

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Kate Clarke

Kate Clarke

“I love discovering new things – for example, uncovering evidence for a past earthquake or tsunami that we would otherwise never know about”

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Nicola Litchfield

Nicola Litchfield

“I's exciting to see if our results match others, or whether she’s come up with something entirely new that will change the big ideas”

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Ursula Cochran

Ursula Cochran

“We hope our research will enable us to forecast the next 'megathrust' earthquake.”

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Miles Crawford

Miles Crawford

“I get to meet lots of different and interesting people while carrying out my research”

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Amandine Dhellemmes

Amandine Dhellemmes

“One of the most exciting things about doing science is being surprised by what I learn, and finding something I didn’t expect.”

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Alec Yates

Alec Yates

“I am attracted to the problem-solving aspect that comes with conducting research. You are able to question what can and can’t be done, all while engaging in problems that contribute to the understanding of the world we live in.”

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