Earth and Environment News


19 September 2022

Late last year, an international research team led by a University of Canterbury Antarctic scientist completed the world’s first global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought.

Dr Leanne Morgan

19 September 2022

New research shows there is a high likelihood that coastal freshwater aquifers extend offshore in the Greater Wellington, Canterbury, Tasman, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions.

Hector's dolphin

09 August 2022

New research using stable isotopes sheds light on how New Zealand’s diverse range of toothed whales and dolphins coexist.

Green hydrogen

02 August 2022

UC academics Andy Nicol and David Dempsey join Ludmila Adam and Kēpa Morgan to dig deeper into New Zealand's green hydrogen future, raising cultural and technical issues to be addressed, in an article on The Conversation.

Women Doing Science

01 August 2022

International scientists are using social media to both promote images of diverse women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and study how people respond to these posts.

Plastic Free July landfill

04 July 2022

#PlasticFreeJuly In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury's Associate Professor Sara Tolbert says it's time to teach children to demand real change from the worst plastic producers.

Simon Kingham

29 June 2022

The impact of shared transport on two different Christchurch communities could determine transport goals for New Zealand.

Emperor penguin

28 June 2022

#Philanthropy@UC When Claire Cowles from Wild In Art approached Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury Associate Professor Michele La Rue to participate in the Pop-Up Penguin initiative little did she know it would create a valuable pathway to future funding.

Snow sample site details being taken in Antarctica

08 June 2022

University of Canterbury researchers have published the world’s first study confirming the discovery of microplastics in fresh snow in Antarctica.

Killer whales in waters close to a Stellar sea lion colony

02 June 2022

#Earth&Ocean A citizen science project aims to identify the threat of killer whales to Stellar sea lion colonies on the Alaskan Western Aleutian Islands.

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.

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