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Faculty and Staff

Dr. Darren Gravley

Frontier Abroad Director, Geology of New Zealand Director & Senior Lecturer in Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury

Darren is a volcanologist with a PhD from the University of Canterbury. Darren blends his globally-recognised volcano research with undergraduate and graduate education projects in earth systems science. He studies the largest volcanoes known to man, “supervolcanoes”, and his research spans the globe from Japan to the United States to South America and New Zealand. With a New Zealand mother and an American father, Darren has taken advantage of a unique opportunity to blend his Pomona College undergraduate education with his love of the New Zealand outdoors and a concern for its environment. He is a founding member of Frontiers Abroad.
E-mail: darren@frontiersabroad.com
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Programme: Geology of New Zealand

Dr. Dan Hikuroa

Earth Systems Director & Research Director of Ngāti Maniapoto Tainui, Te Arawa, University of Auckland

Dr. Daniel (Dan) Hikuroa is an Earth System Scientist with interests in the integration of mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and science to realise indigenous development. Dan has been the Research Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga at the University of Auckland since July 2011. He is currently a national committee member of the Sustainability Society of NZ (IPENZ) was also Auckland representative of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. He is a founding member of Frontiers Abroad.
E-mail: dan@frontiersabroad.com
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Programme: New Zealand Earth Systems

Dr. Sam Hampton

Deputy Director of Frontiers Abroad & Lecturer, Geological Science, University of Canterbury

Sam is a volcanologist with a PhD from the University of Canterbury. Sam’s research has been on the volcanic development of Banks Peninsula, an area to be incorporated into the Geology Programme as a new field and research site. Sam has a broad geological background being involved in exploration on the West Coast (NZ), geological engineering projects, volcanic hazards, and extensive undergraduate teaching.
E-mail: sam@frontiersabroad.com
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Programme: Geology of New Zealand

Dr Sharyn Goldstein

Marine Ecology and Evolution Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Sharyn leads Frontiers Abroad Earth System Marine and Coastal Ecology module as well as serve as a research mentor for the semester long research projects. Sharyn’s research interests include “Community Conservation initiatives in Kaikoura” which has led to several research projects on the endangered Hutton Shearwater and using stable isotopes to model the Kaikoura Marine Reserve food web.
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Programme: New Zealand Earth Systems

Dr Josh Borella

Geology Lecturer and Director of Student Life, Frontiers Abroad

Josh is both the co-leader of Frontiers Abroad Geology Field Camp and also serves as the Director of Student Life at the University of Canterbury. Josh’s research focuses on earthquake hazards (primarily rockfalls and liquefaction), geomorphology/landscape evolution, and paleoseismology. He has a special interest in understanding and quantifying the impact of humans on the geologic record. Prior to joining Frontiers Abroad and completing his PhD at the University of Canterbury, Josh owned and operated an engineering geology firm in Southern California.

Programme: Geology of New Zealand and New Zealand Earth Systems

Max Borella

Administrative Director, Frontiers Abroad

Max’s expertise combines geology, environmental science, and rural community education and development work. Max was a Peace Corps volunteer in the altiplano of Bolivia and has continued his community water resource and hazard mapping work there as the director of a not-for-profit development organisation (Terra Resource Development International). He has 8 years experience in designing and coordinating field education programmes. He is the former Field Program Coordinator for Stanford University’s School of Earth Sciences and the executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation. He is a founding member of Frontiers Abroad.
E-mail: max@frontiersabroad.com