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Past Environments


Climate change and Earth systems research.

The geological record of changes in climate and earth systems provides an important guide to understanding the nature of future change. We are using this record to help predict the impacts of global environmental changes on the New Zealand environment and ecosystems. Our research spans a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, focussing on the last 100 million years of Earth history and extending beyond mainland New Zealand to investigate the drivers and impacts of change in the subtropical to subantarctic Southwest Pacific, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Areas of research and consultancy

  • Causes and consequences of past climate change
  • Earth systems interactions, including those impacting natural ecosystems, biodiversity, water, energy, and land use.
  • Economic impacts of climate change


  • Better understanding of past global change as a guide to future change
  • The impacts of global plate tectonics on New Zealand’s environment and resources


  • Modelling earth systems at national and regional scales.

Laboratories and facilities

  • Our investigations are underpinned by world-class laboratories and facilities.

Please contact us with any inquiries you may have.