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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 incroprated 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

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 Foundaton. He is a founding member of Frontiers Abroad.
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Professor Jarg Pettinga

Head of Department, Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Prof. Pettinga is the Head of Department for the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include the study of active tectonics and structure along the New Zealand (North Canterbury and east coast North Island) and southern California (western Salton Trough) plate boundary zones.
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Programme: Geology of New Zealand

Dr. Travis Horton

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geochemistry, Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Dr. Horton is a geochemist for the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests Stable isotope geochemistry and biogeochemistry, interactions among the different spheres of the earth system, and relationships among tectonic, topographic, and climatic processes and conditions. Source and transport of fluids in active orogens and volcanic centers. Geochemical and biogeochemical proxies for climate change in the southern hemisphere on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. Geochemical tracing and quality assessment of water resources. Biogeochemical evaluation of foodweb structure including nutrient and trace element transport paths in exotic ecosystems. Paleotopographic investigation of mountain belts and plateaus. Long-distance migration of humpback whales.
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Programme: New Zealand Earth Systems

Dr Anekant Wandres

Research Scientist, Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury

Dr. Wandres is a research scientist in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include New Zealand terranes and their Paleozoic-Mesozoic tectonic setting along the Panthalassan Gondwana margin. Igneous petrology, geochemistry, isotope chemistry and geochronology applied to the provenance study of the New Zealand terranes and to enhance the understanding of the tectonic evolution of the New Zealand continental lithosphere.
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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 Peyman Zawar-Reza

Associate Professor in Meteorology, University of Canterbury

Peyman leads the Earth Systems Climate, Glaciers and Mountains module as well as serve as a research mentor for the semester long research projects. Peyman’s research interests include regional climate modeling (dynamical downscaling) and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to air pollution climatology and human health.
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Programme: New Zealand Earth Systems

Nan Hauser

President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation

Nan Hauser is the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. Her home base is in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Cook Islands Whale Research Project and Director of the Cook Islands Whale & Wildlife Centre. Nan’s research includes population identity, Photo ID, acoustics, genetics, surface & underwater behaviour, navigation and migration of cetaceans. Her satellite tag work includes results on how whales migrate over long distances using linear constant course segments.

For almost a decade she was involved with the Ocean Alliance’s cetacean research expeditions aboard the R/V Odyssey. As Founder and Director of the New England Dolphin Outreach Project she has taught on a global level for the Dolphin Research Center, Whale Conservation Institute and many other non-profit organizations. As a Registered Nurse, she teaches and practices medicine on the outer islands of the Cooks. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ajubatus Foundation in South Africa and has been awarded an International title of “Earth Ambassador”. Her field research includes the Cook Islands and the Bahamas studying beaked whales, dolphins and other cetaceans, Nan serves on the Executive Committee, as a scientific contributor and as Secretariat of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium. She was a key player in the creation of a 2 million square kilometer whale sanctuary in the E.E.Z. of the Cook Islands and currently serves as a Trustee for the Cook Islands Marine Park. Nan has been the subject of many Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Smithsonian films. She also holds a US Coastguard 100 tonne Captain’s license.
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Programme: New Zealand Earth Systems