Welcoming 2023 Disciplinary Theme 1 (DT1) Masters Students

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Disciplinary Theme 1: Integrated Seismic Geohazards welcomes four new Masters (MSc) students in the Surface Rupture and Slope Stability (SRSS) section in 2023. Three students will be studying landslide hazard and risk stemming from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and one student will be studying fault displacement hazard exposure of Aotearoa’s transportation network (in collaboration with Inter-disciplinary Project 3 (IP3)). Welcome Sarah, Julia, Joshua, and Imogen.


Julia Harvey

After completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago, I moved to Christchurch in 2022 to undertake the Master of Disaster Risk & Resilience at the University of Canterbury. This programme solidified my passion for coseismic hazards and I am excited to be researching the impact of coseismic landslides on infrastructure systems in Wellington, in 2023, with the support of QuakeCoRE. My intention is to model areas of susceptibility to coseismic landsliding in the event of Mw 7.5 earthquake on the Wellington-Hutt Valley segment of the Wellington Fault, to assess the vulnerability of critical infrastructure within the Wellington Region and posit mitigation strategies in anticipation of such an event. When I'm not researching the hazards posed by the New Zealand landscape, I'm outside enjoying them; whether that be through hiking, climbing or snowboarding. Looking forward to joining the team!

Joshua Daglish

I am a student at the University of Canterbury. I majored in geology for my undergraduate studies and am just wrapping up my final project on changes in landslide exposure and risk with Alpine Fault rupture directivity scenarios within the Master of Disaster, Risk, and Resilience program. My interests lie in seismic hazard modeling and how this can affect critical lifelines and society. I am looking forward to working in this field and becoming a part of the QuakeCoRE community.

Imogen Daysh

I am planning to complete the second year of my MSc in Engineering Geology at UC next year working with a team of QuakeCoRE students researching seismic hazard. My project will investigate the effectiveness of sluicing as a rockfall remediation method following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. The aim is to compare the behaviour of slopes that were sluiced with those that were not to better understand how sluicing effected different landslide source areas. The findings of this research will hopefully be applied to the next major seismic event in New Zealand and better inform our understanding on where and when Heli-sluicing is most effective. I am currently spending the summer assessing landslide claims in the Marlborough Sounds to aid in the recovery following the Nelson/Marlborough August Storm Event. I love getting out into some of New Zealand’s remote places and applying my degree where it can make a difference. I look forward to working with the wider QuakeCoRE group and contributing to the ongoing research into seismic hazard in New Zealand.

Sarah Mabin

I'm working on one of the QuakeCoRE funded MSc Part II projects with Tom Robinson as my supervisor. My project topic will look at rockfall risk since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and how different mitigation methods have performed in reducing risk to people on SH1 and MNL since the event. Cost benefit analysis will be used to determine how long it is feasible for mitigation methods to be maintained. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Canterbury majoring in geography and geology. I am a competitive swimmer and also love mountain biking. I have a few part time jobs including an internship at an engineering consultancy, lifeguarding, and swim coaching at my swim club.

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