Earth and Environment News

Sea ice can control Antarctic ice sheet stability

13 May 2022

An international team, including University of Canterbury Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack and researchers from Cambridge and Newcastle universities, UK, have used a combination of historical satellite measurements, along with ocean and atmosphere records, to gain the most detailed understanding of how ice conditions are changing along the 1400km-long eastern Antarctic Peninsula.

Senior Lecturer Dr David Dempsey and Professor Andy Nicol

11 May 2022

The Aotearoa New Zealand goal of zero emissions by 2050 brings urgency and pressure to create enough green hydrogen and safely store it for the future.

Kaitlyn and Jess Lamb

11 May 2022

#WorldBiodiversityDay Autumn is the perfect time to start composting food waste and lift your sustainability game, say University of Canterbury (UC) students Kaitlyn and Jess Lamb, who will share their love of composting on 14 May for the Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch.

Professor Brett Robinson and Dr Rachael Bryant (Lincoln University)

05 May 2022

Micro-organisms found in bacteria and fungi could help change food waste into high-value products that would boost New Zealand’s economy by $1.6 billion a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

environmental stewardship

04 May 2022

If Aotearoa New Zealand is to successfully transition to a more sustainable, resilient future without sacrificing productivity, then the full impact of various land-use practices needs to be well-understood and appropriately managed. A powerful new model being developed by a multi-disciplinary team led by researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) could be just what is needed to transform future land management practices.

Wolfgang Rack

24 February 2022

Innovative airborne radars could soon be used to measure snow depth in New Zealand’s alpine areas, helping to predict avalanche risk and monitoring the impacts of climate change.

Vanesa de Pietri

13 January 2022

Canterbury researchers are on the hunt for rare, ancient fossils from the Waipara River area that could shed new light on the evolution of modern birds.

An artist’s impression of an elasmosaur. Flickr/Peter Montgomery, CC BY-ND

05 January 2022

Adjunct Professor Paul Scofield takes us on a short dive into New Zealand's fossil history and explains the impact of a newly taken scan of found fossils on The Conversation.

Professor Ben Kennedy and Dr Jonathan Davidson

15 December 2021

In only its first year offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), the University of Canterbury has won an international prize for an exceptional volcanic online course.

Long Service Award 2021

02 December 2021

The University of Canterbury has celebrated its 16 longest-serving staff members, awarded five teaching development scholarships for exciting new projects, recognised an impressive new health and safety initiative and honoured 12 newly appointed professors through the Hui Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence awards.

2021 Professorial appointments

02 December 2021

Promotion to the rank of Professor is a significant accomplishment, recognising academics who work at the forefront of their discipline with sustained excellence in teaching, research, and engagement with communities.

2021 Teaching Development Scholarships

02 December 2021

Five exciting, future-focussed projects have earned Teaching Development scholarships for University of Canterbury staff.

Gilles Seropian

18 November 2021

University of Canterbury Geological Sciences doctoral candidate Gilles Seropian has received the Hatherton Award for his paper, published in Nature Communications, that provides a framework to understand how earthquakes can trigger volcanic eruptions, and has recently defended his PhD thesis.

Charles Ching

27 October 2021

A University of Canterbury Master of Science student, who hopes his research will help predict volcanic eruptions and ultimately save lives, has won a national competition.

MichelleLaRue Weddell Seal

06 October 2021

An international research team led by a University of Canterbury Antarctic scientist has completed the world’s first global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better understand the effects of climate change and commercial fishing.

Gaming technology natural disasters

30 September 2021

Skills learned playing video games, building virtual worlds and dodging imaginary enemies could be harnessed to help people survive real life hazards.

Emergency workers on Colombo Street

23 September 2021

In an article on The Conversation, Associate Professor Ann L Brower shares her own experiences of the Christchurch Earthquakes, which led her to put pressure on the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. The Ministry listened to her advice which would later be known as the 'Brower Amendment" and now she is asking Australians to do the same.

MichelleLaRue Weddell Seal

08 September 2021

A University of Canterbury-led international study, published today in Global Change Biology, reveals how climate change may impact seals in one of the world’s most remote ocean regions, Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.

UAV research

07 September 2021

Ten University of Canterbury research projects tackling the big issues have been green-lit with funding worth $23 million.

Tarāpuka | Black-billed gulls

03 September 2021

University of Canterbury's School of Earth and Environment lecturer Lindsey Conrow discusses the Tarāpuka | Black-billed gulls and their contention with urban developers over an Armagh Street site in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


28 July 2021

A first-of-its-kind research project will use data collected from high-resolution satellite images to help scientists gain insights into Weddell Seal populations in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region.

Wild pig soil

23 July 2021

Assessing the threat of invasive species is an important tool to reducing carbon emissions, as researchers from the University of Canterbury, the University of Queensland and University of Canberra explain on The Conversation.

Wild Pigs carbon

20 July 2021

By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 million cars.

Professor Brett Robinson

14 July 2021

Waste products from New Zealand’s food processing industry – such as potato scraps and grape skins – could be transformed into high-value soil conditioners and animal feed, according to new University of Canterbury-led research.

Emeritus Professor Jane Soons

09 June 2021

The University of Canterbury (UC)’s first woman professor, Emeritus Professor Jane Soons, was a trailblazer and role model for a generation of female researchers and students within Geomorphology, and the wider discipline of Geography.

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