Hornibrook Award


Hornibrook Award:

Alexey Ippolitov


Alexey is working on a biostratigraphic timeframe for the Mid-Late Cretaceous strata of the Southern Hemisphere, using infrazonal stratigraphy of belemnites (coleoid molluscs, related to extant squids).

His work, based on materials from from NZ, India and Australia, will add details to sections poorly characterized by other stratigraphically important groups like ammonites.






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Past Hornibrook Award Winners

Year Person From For
2019 Oliver McLeod Waikato

Mapping the volcanic stratigraphy of Pirongia.

2017 Michaela Dobson Auckland Analysis of different facies in the Hells Gate, Rotorua, geothermal study area to stratigraphically reconstruct the evolution of this site.
2013 Matthew Ryan

Callum Rees

Study of East Tasman Sea cores to provide records of vegetation-climate events for the past 500 kyr.
Stratigraphic investigation of Pohangina Valley.
2011 John Irons Massey Oligocene outliers, Coromandel Peninsula.
2009 Rosemary Cody

Joshu Mountjoy

Paleoenvironmental evolution of major ocean/climate systems in the southwestern Pacific.
High resolution seismic data and seismic stratigraphy methods to characterise complex and poorly understood submarine canyon processes.
2002 Dan Hikuroa Auckland Jurassic Latady Formation, Antarctica
2001 Kate Wilson Massey Quaternary paleoceanography, ODP 1119
2000 Avon McIntyre Waikato Wanganui Basin stratigraphy
1998 Andrei van Dusschoten Otago Stratigraphy and paleontology of Torlesse rocks, Balmacaan Stream
1996 Shaun Hayton Waikato Miocene-Pliocene sequence stratigraphy, Wanganui basin



Norcott Hornibrook


Norcott (Horni) Hornibrook (1921-1994) was brought up in Tauranga, Napier and Gisborne.  Immediately after leaving school he got a job as a geologist's assistant with NZ Petroleum Company in Gisborne, and then as a micropaleontology technician with the NZ Geological Survey in Wellington. 

His career was interrupted by WW2 following which he returned to New Zealand and returned to the Survey and university education.  When Survey micropaleontologist Harold Finlay died in 1951, Horni became chief micropaleontologist - a position he held until his retirement in 1981. 

Despite his retirement Horni continued his research at the Survey right up until his death.  Building on the initial work of Finlay, Horni became the father of New Zealand foraminiferal biostratigraphy.  Although Horni spoke up against the creation of the Geological Society, he became one of its founder members, was one of its most active Presidents (1966-68), and one of its staunchest supporters.

Horni’s colleagues funded the Hornibrook Award in biostratigraphy.