Qualifications & Memberships
I am the 100 level coordinator for Geology in the School of Earth and Environment, University of Canterbury. I currently run and design the labs and fieldtrips for first year and some second year geology courses.
My PhD research ending in 2010 was focused on investigating active tectonics, geomorphology, fault mapping and sequence stratigraphy by seismic and DEM interpretation, and the evolution of a section of the active Hikurangi subduction zone plate margin off-shore the Poverty Bay region in the North Island, New Zealand.
I was part of the teams mapping the Greendale Fault rupture from the 2010 Christchurch Earthquake and am a member of the University of Canterbury fault rupture team investigating the landscape effects of the 14 Nov 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake based in the Waiau region around the epicentre. Research is ongoing.
I maintain active involvement with Geoscience Education research as part of my full-time teaching role. This includes the use of electronic learning media, learning analytics and curriculum innovations, particularly in response to a disaster scenario, but with wider applications. I'm also focused on research into best-practice teacher training and review processes. Current research topics also include the outputs and lessons from designing virtual fieldtrips at tertiary level, and designing an Earth Science garden at UC for outreach and teaching purposes.
I am also an avid photographer and passionate about inspiring people into geology through my photographs.
- Brough T., Nicol A., Stahl T., Pettinga JR., Dissen RV., Clark D., Khajavi N., Pedley K., Langridge R. and Wang N. (2021) Paleoseismicity of the western Humps fault on the Emu Plain, North Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288306.2021.1986727.
- Litchfield N., Villamor P., Van Dissen R., Nicol A., Barnes P., Barrell D., Pettinga J., Langridge R., Little T. and Mountjoy J. (2018) Surface Rupture of Multiple Crustal Faults in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura, New Zealand, Earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): 1496-1520. http://dx.doi.org/10.1785/0120170300.
- Nicol A., Khajavi N., Pettinga J., Fenton C., Stahl T., Bannister S., Pedley KL., Hyland-Brook N., Bushell T. and Hamling I. (2018) Preliminary Geometry, Displacement, and Kinematics of Fault Ruptures in the Epicentral Region of the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura, New Zealand, Earthquake. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): 1521-1539. http://dx.doi.org/10.1785/0120170329.
- Winkler S., Bell D., Hemmingsen M., Pedley KL. and Schoch A. (2018) Disestablishing “Glacial Lake Speight”, New Zealand? An example for the validity of detailed geomorphological assessment with the study of mountain glaciations. E&G: Quaternary Science Journal 67: 25-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-67-25-2018.
- Stirling MW., Litchfield NJ., Villamor P., Van Dissen RJ., Nicol A., Pettinga J., Barnes P., Langridge RM., Little T. and Barrell DJA. (2017) The Mw7.8 2016 Kaikōura earthquake: Surface Fault Rupture and Seismic Hazard Context. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 50(2): 73-84.