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Philip Barnes

The element of discovery is by far the most rewarding aspect of my geological research.

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Philip Barnes, Principal Scientist Marine Geology, NIWA

"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."

Philip is a Marine Geologist which means he studies the history and process of the ocean floor looking specifically at earthquake geology (things like slow-slip earthquakes) and marine neotectonics (things like tectonic plates and subduction zones).

Philip was always interested in learning about geography and sciences at school, and he developed a passion for geological research when at uni, getting into marine geology.

His work is motivated by the fact that active plate boundaries produce the majority of damaging earthquakes and tsunami, and by developing our knowledge of these hazard sources we can better prepare for them.

To do his work, he uses multibeams to get a feel for what the seafloor looks like in terms of sediment and tectonic history.

Philip’s work is important for understanding how the earthquake geology may change in the future. Her research will help us understand past global climate change, and other regional environmental and geological changes.



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