2024 Hochstetter Lecturer:
David is well known for his breadth of knowledge of New Zealand’s geology, geological history, and understanding of the interplay of processes that have produced, and will continue to shape, the Aotearoa landscape. He has been a key contributor to the QMAP programme, has done research on seismotectonic, landslide and liquefaction hazards, and has led significant paleoclimate research outputs. David's enthusiasm for New Zealand’s landscapes and ability to communicate knowledge to many scientific and public groups, makes him a great candidate for this award.
David's lecture will explore forthcoming changes to Aotearoa’s coast, and underscore scientific questions, the pathway of discovery and enquiry, and what it means in wider contexts of Zealandia’s geological, tectonic, and landscape evolution. The presentation will be framed as a case example of how years of robust observations address important scientific questions and yield thought-provoking results.
Hochstetter Lecture tour dates
Details of David's nationwide speaking tour will be posted on the Events section of the website.
Dates will be added as the details are finalised.
Banner image credit: Lloyd Homer, GNS Science.
Past Hochstetter Lecturers
Some of the more recent Hochstetter Lectures are available as video recordings.
Where this is the case the Lecture topic below has been hyperlinked to the GSNZ YouTube channel.
The shear zones that hold back the ice sheets
|Darren King and Dan Hikuroa
NIWA and University of Auckland
|Distant sourced tsunamis.
|Tectonics of the Haast Schists.
Tectonics and genetics in topographic evolution.
|The environmental effects of geothermal development.
|Oligocene drowning of Zealandia
|Russ van Dissen
|Outcomes from the multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and highly innovative "Its Our Fault" (IOF) project.
|A Geochemist's Window into Earth's Origins, History and Future
|Extreme Life: Terrestrial hot-springs and the search for early life on Earth (and Mars?)
|The March 2007 Ruapehu Crater Lake breakout lahar
|Environmental change: a view from down under
|Deciphering New Zealand´s geological and environmental history using foraminiferal microfossils
|Late Neogene paleoclimate
|The geology of Rakiura (Stewart Island) - magmatic arcs, sedimentary basins and Traps for the unwary
|Discovering and understanding submarine volcanoes: the Kermadec Arc sector of the Pacific Ring of Fire
|Cretaceous-Cenozoic evolution of NZ and Antarctica, and its significance for understanding global plate tectonics
|Mapping the Southern Alps: an attempt to make sense of the Torlesse
|Cenozoic development of the southwest Pacific - the evolution of a plate boundary
|Growth and development of mainland continental crust
|Volcanic eruption and lahar mechanisms
|Crustal structure and the tectonics of a transform plate boundary, from deep crustal seismic studies of southern New Zealand
|Magma mixing and unmixing in the Earth
|Deciphering earthquakes from the geologic record &endash; progress in paleoseismology studies in New Zealand
|Thermal Evolution of Sedimentary Basins
|Recent work in the Waimangu Geothermal Field
|Fire and water: products and processes of basaltic explosive volcanism
|When plates collide, recent work on the Alpine Fault in Westland
|Quaternary sea level and climate change: new tests for old theories
|West coast paleo-swamp models
|The history of whales, oceans and continents: patterns and processes in the southern hemisphere
|Big faults and little earthquakes - what do microearthquakes tell us about earth deformation and crustal structure?
|Metal transport and deposition in active ore-forming hydrothermal systems
|Passage to Hikurangi - the movement of debris from the Southern Alps to the deep Pacific Ocean
|Some preliminary studies of mid-late Cenozoic deep-sea cores from the New Zealand sector of the Southwest Pacific: DSDP Leg 90
|The History of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (?Eocene to Recent)
|Trouble in the North - tectonics of Northland and its relation to the rest of New Zealand
|Collapsing cones and vanishing volcanoes - the instability of a stratovolcano such as Egmont and its hazards to humanity
|Over the edge: Permian to Cretaceous on the margin of Gondwana
|New ways with old ages
|Structure and tectonics of the present plate boundary zone in NZ
|NZ in the early Paleozoic
|Geophysicists, in short, and the sleeping monster
|The Kaikoura sequence in Fiordland and western Southland- an Oligocene continental margin and its relation to a Miocene-Recent plate boundary
|Plate tectonics and NZ during the last 80 m.y.
Ferdinand Ritter von Hochstetter
Christian Gottlieb Ferdinand von Hochstetter (1829-1884) joined the Austrian Geological Survey in 1853. Four years later he was appointed geologist on the Austrian frigate Novara on an expedition to circumnavigate the globe. The Novara berthed in Auckland in 1858. At the request of the New Zealand Government and supported by the Auckland Provincial Council, Hochstetter, accompanied by Julius Haast and others, surveyed the Drury Coal Field to the south.
This was accomplished so successfully that the provincial council persuaded the commander of the Novara to allow Hochstetter to remain in New Zealand to undertake further work in the province. Over the next five months Hochstetter and Haast, along with a support team, visited much of southern part of Auckland Province, including the volcanic region and the gold diggings at Coromandel Harbour.
On completion of his Auckland mapping, Hochstetter was commissioned by the Nelson Provincial Council to report on the mineral wealth of the province. Hochstetter, accompanied by Haast, arrived in Nelson on 4 August 1859. In Nelson, they examined Dun Mountain, from which he collected and subsequently named dunite, the Aorere Gold Field and other places of interest.
Hochstetter left Nelson for Sydney on 1 October 1859, on the first leg of his return voyage to Europe. Although he never returned, Hochstetter retained a life long enthusiasm for New Zealand. He maintained a correspondence with Haast and other New Zealand friends. His contributions to New Zealand are commemorated by several place names, and by names of many New Zealand organisms.
Hochstetter was the first to describe and interpret many features of New Zealand geology. His geological maps of Auckland and Nelson were the first of their kind in New Zealand.
A longer more detailed biography Ferdinand von Hochstetter can be found in Te Ara.