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Katie Maier

KLMaier ECL photo 2021

I love being in the water, observing and learning in the marine environment.  

Katie is a Marine Sedimentologist, which means she studies the mud and sand that move around in the ocean and make up layers on the seafloor. 

Katie became a geologist because she loved the water growing up and went to a field course in the Caribbean as a teenager, which still shapes that way she looks at marine research. 

She uses sediment to find out about what’s happened in the pastKatie analyses sediment samples looking at things like the physical and chemical make-up, how they ended up on the seafloor, and how they make layers below the seafloor. This often mean working with lots of other wonderful scientists in Aotearoa and across the world. 

Sediment is important for this research because it tells us a story. For example, when sediment moves from land to the sea it can impact ecosystems and is our archive of past events.Her research will help us understand past global climate change, and other regional environmental and geological changes.  

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