2019 Jim Ansell Geophysics Scholarship winner: Tayla Hill
Tayla will be beginning an MSc project which will involve determining the preconditioning and triggering mechanisms of submarine landslides over anticline ridges, offshore Wairarapa. This work will involve analysing seismic reflection data in order to understand whether the landslides are related to seafloor steepening, seismic ground shaking or gas/gas hydrates. This project builds up off the work Tayla was doing for her internship at NIWA, where she worked to characterise the seafloor around methane seep sites in the same area. By combining these data, she will be able to understand the paleoenvironment of the seafloor and when the landslides were deposited and their implications for the environment and impact on resources in the area.
Past Jim Ansell Geophysics Scholarship winners
Hailing from Hawkes Bay Jim studied Maths at Victoria University of Wellington before travelling to Cambridge, England to complete his PhD in applied Mathematics. It was there, not in shaky New Zealand, that it was suggested he study seismology. He is quoted in the VUW News in 1993 saying: "It's a bit ironic that I was born in Napier and went to university in Wellington, yet the impetus for me to get involved in earthquake research came from the people at Cambridge - they suggested it as an appropriate subject for my PhD thesis".
Upon his return to Victoria University of Wellington, Jim lectured in mathematics. He also became part of the Institute of Geophysics and helped to establish the NZ Geophysics Society. He was appointed Professor of Geophysics in 1989, and until late 1992 was Chair of the Research School of Earth Sciences.
The Jim Ansell Geophysics Scholarship was founded by major grants from the Ansell family, IASPEI94 conference, Research School of Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, and GNS. Significant individual contributions were received from members of the New Zealand Geophysical Society and academic colleagues and friends of Jim Ansell.
Thank you to the NZ Mathematical Society for providing biographical information on Jim.