David J. Lowe
and Ocean Sciences
||BSc, MSc, PhD ( Waikato ), FRSNZ, FNZSSS
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Photo: Mammoth tusk, Dawson, Yukon Territory
| Teaching | Supervision
| Research | Selected Publications
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David is a multidisciplinary geoscientist with
broad interests in:
1. Tephrochronology, the correlation of tephra
(or volcanic ash) deposits and their application to linking, synchronizing and
dating geological, ecological or archaeological deposits or events;
2. Pedology, the nature, genesis, distribution
and classification of soils, and palaeopedology,
the study of soils of landscapes or environments of the past (especially
of volcanic terrains);
3. Environmental change in the Quaternary, the
reconstruction of palaeoenvironments, including the impacts
of humans (and hence geoarchaeology), using environmental
proxies at a range of time-scales and deposits since about
2.6 million years ago.
|Small eruption Showa crater, Sakurajima, Japan (12 May 2010)
||Post-conference tour, "Active Tephra" conference, Kyushu, May 2010 (photo: K Okumura)
Since joining the Department of Earth
Sciences full-time in 1984 (earlier he was a junior
lecturer/tutor 1979-1981), David's lecturing interests
have been primarily within the Soils Group and Volcanology
Group. David currently lectures in two undergraduate papers
on soil science:
- Soils in the Landscape (paper coordinator)
- An introduction to the nature and formation of soils
and their place in the landscape, their classification,
distribution pattern and use as a finite resource
in New Zealand (10 point module)
- ERTH333 - Pedology
and Land Evaluation (paper coordinator)
- Soil genesis and spatial variability, quantitative
soil survey and soil-landscape modelling, soil taxonomy,
and the interpretation of soil and land data in a
form applicable to land-use planning and management
(10 point module).
He also contributes to Year-1 courses
by leading field trips for ERTH103 and ERTH104.
- ERTH233 - Soils
in the Landscape
- Students participate in two field trips (one and a half days in total): (1) relationship between soils and landscape (half day); (2) soil formation on tephra (volcanic ash) deposits of different ages and thicknesses across the Waikato landscape (one day)
- ERTH333 - Pedology
and Land Evaluation
- Students undertake a 1-day field trip to see soils in the Mamaku Plateau-Rotorua area and how their attributes relate to a variety of land uses.
- ERTH528 - Quaternary
Past Environments (paper coordinator)
- Aspects of dating techniques and applications, reconstructing
past environments using proxies, and climatic change
(the Quaternary period is last ~2.6 million years)
- ERTH524 - Volcanic Processes and Hazards
- Physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, climatic impacts of explosive volcanism, tephrochronology.
- ERTH535 -Land and Soil Evaluation (paper coordinator)
- Environmental issues related to land and soils.
and properties of the Horotiu soil.
||With students in Northland
of Student Research
David has jointly-supervised more than 50 postgraduates to completion. Two of David's PhD
students (Fieldes Award) and five of his MSc students
(Rigg Award) have been awarded the top prizes of the
New Zealand Society of Soil Science for their outstanding
research. Another student (Dr Maria Gehrels) was awarded the Pullar-Vucetich Prize (2008) of the Geological Society of New Zealand for her research on cryptotephras. Recent or current PhD and MSc projects co-supervised by David are given below.
Malcom McLeod: “Soil distribution, characterization and vulnerability to human impact in the Wright valley, Antarctica”
Dr Maria Gehrels (joint project with Plymouth University, UK): “An enhanced ~1800-year record of recent volcanic ash-fall events in northern New Zealand from analysis of cryptotephra” (2009)
Dr David Palmer: “Development of national extent terrain attributes (Tanz), soil water balance surfaces (SWatBal), and environmental surfaces, and their application for spatial modelling of Pinus radiata productivity across New Zealand” (2008)
Dr Haydon Jones: “Impacts of forest harvesting on performance of soil-landscape modelling in a radiata pine forest, northern New Zealand” (2004)
Kerri Lanigan: “Are there paleoclimatic signals in tephric loess deposits aged c. 30-15 cal ka in central North Island?"
Sharn Hainsworth: “Digital tools for mapping soil classes, Ruataniwha Plains"
Justin Wyatt: “Sensitivity and clay mineralogy of weathered tephra-derived soil materials in the Tauranga region” (2009)
Rachel Pickett “A tephra-dated record of palaeoenvironmental change since c. 5,500 years ago from Lake Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand” (2008)
Jeremy Cole-Baker: “Sedimentology and tephrochronology of Late-Glacial and Holocene lake sediments and peats, Westland, South Island” (2006)
|Dawson City and the Yukon River
||In Dawson City
David has published widely in a range of disciplines (tephrochronology, pedology, Quaternary science) with more than 120 refereed publications in scientific journals or books (including 18 chapters) to his name. He has undertaken research in New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, Canada, and the U.K., and also has field experience in Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, western U.S.A. (eight states including Alaska and Hawaii), and Fiji.
In May 2010, David gave a public lecture in Kirishima, Kyushu Island, Japan as part of the INTAV "Active Tephra" conference. He also presented a series of seminars at 4 different universities during a JSPS-sponsored tour of Japan after the conference.
In 2009, David was invited by the Queensland Branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science to give the Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture in Brisbane, the first New Zealander to be given the award. His lecture was entitled "Where pedology meets geology - insights into Andisols in Australasia".
In November 2007, David was a key-note plenary speaker at an international symposium on Quaternary environmental change that was held in Tsukuba, Japan, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Japan Quaternary Association (JAQUA). David also gave a seminar at the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan, in November, 2007. Earlier David gave two keynote talks at the INQUA congress held in Cains in July - August 2007. In March 2006 David was an invited speaker at a conference on Andisols in the Mt Fuji area of central Japan. David also worked for several months in 2006 at both the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Lab in Hamilton and at the CRI Scion in Rotorua.
In 2005, David attended an international tephra conference in the Yukon Territory (Canada) and visited colleagues in Saskatchewan and central Alaska as part of his sabbatical leave. Earlier, David spent eight months undertaking palaeoenvironmental and tephrochronological research in universities in Northern Ireland and Great Britain during sabbatical leave in 1998-99, and ten months undertaking pedological and volcanological research on Quaternary volcanic eruptives and associated soils in southeast South Australia whilst at CSIRO (Division of Soils) in Adelaide 1991-92.
David's early professional
experience includes soil survey-related work for the
Soil Bureau of DSIR, Hamilton, and benzene synthesis
in the liquid-scintillation based Waikato Radiocarbon
Dating Laboratory. In Antarctica during the 1978-79
field season, David's four-man field party (led by now-Emeritus
Professor Michael Selby) manhauled a sledge whilst
undertaking geological, geomorphological and pedological
mapping in the Transantarctic Mountains. The party also
discovered unique iron meteorites, one of which is displayed
in the Canterbury Museum (Antarctic Wing), Christchurch.
Recently completed research projects
Recently completed research undertaken with colleagues from New Zealand and overseas, and with postgraduate students, includes:
1. Comprehensive review of the discipline of tephrochronology and its application from a global perspective.
2. Determining the timing and impacts of early Polynesian
settlement in New Zealand, and assessing the impacts
of volcanism on early Maori in New Zealand;
a comprehensive model relating tephras to archaeology
in New Zealand, and determining the calendar age of
the Kaharoa eruption of Mt Tarawera at AD 1314 ±12 using
dendrochronological wiggle-match dating and radiocarbon
4. Developing improved tephra correlation techniques
using electron microprobe analysis of glass shards in
bi-modal Rotorua Tephra, and of melt inclusions in strongly
weathered tephra deposits;
5. Using tephrochronology with palynology and other
palaeoenvironmental proxies to compare the synchroneity
or otherwise of abrupt climate change during the transition
from marine isotope Stage (MIS) 2 to Stage 1 (Last Termination),
including identification of a cooling event from ca .
13,600-12,600 cal yr BP;
6. Reviewing the Andisols of New Zealand and Australia and globally;
7. Determining climatic and
vegetational change from MIS 5e (Last Interglacial)
through to MIS 1 (Holocene) in Northland using analyses of cores
from Lake Omapere near Kaikohe;
8. Using Bayesian statistics to
help improve the precision and accuracy of radiocarbon
dates for tephras thereby enhancing their use as isochrons;
9. Developing soil-landscape modelling techniques to
map target soil properties in plantation forests
in Southland, central volcanic plateau and Northland
regions, and assessing the affects of forest harvesting
on the efficacy of such modelling;
10. Testing the sustainability
of plantation forestry on Mamaku Plateau, central
North Island, using soil and foliar phosphorus measurements
associated with two rotations of Pinus
11. Contributing to a joint review paper on defining the
climate event stratigraphy of New Zealand as part of
the Australasian INTIMATE project.
12. Contributing to a chapter on tephrostratigraphy
and tephrochronology for Elsevier’s Encyclopaedia
of Quaternary Science.
13. Determining the paleoclimate of the Auckland region
during MIS 2 using tephropalynological analysis of cores
from Kohuora Crater, Auckland Volcanic Field;
14. Developing new age
models for key tephra marker beds for New Zealand since
30,000 years ago to aid the development of a climate
event stratigraphy for New Zealand as part of the
15. Reviewing the alteration, formation and occurrence of minerals in soils.
|World tephra specialists,
Dawson City, Yukon Territory, 2005
||Ancient kauri and ERTH333
group 2006 (photo J. Pitcher)
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications
Tephrochronology, Quaternary science, and environmental change
Lowe, D.J. 2011. Tephrochronology and its application: a review. Quaternary Geochronology 6 (in press) Online 8 September, 2010 doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2010.08.003
Holt, K.; Wallace, R.C.; Neall, V.E.; Kohn, B.P.; Lowe, D.J. 2010. Quaternary tephra marker beds and their potential for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction on Chatham Islands east of New Zealand, southwest Pacific Ocean. Journal of Quaternary Science 25, 1169-1178.
Lowe, D.J.; Wilson, C.J.N.; Newnham, R.M.; Hogg, A.G. 2010. Dating the Kawakawa/Oruanui eruption: comment on “Optical luminescence dating of a loess section containing a critical tephra marker horizon, SW North Island of New Zealand” by R. Grapes et al. Quaternary Geochronology 5, 493-496.
Walker, M.; Johnsen, S.; Rasmussen, S.O.; Popp, T.; Steffensen, J.-P.; Gibbard, P.; Hoek, W.; Lowe, J.J.; Andrews, J.; Björck, S.; Cwynar, L.; Hughen, K.; Kershaw, P.; Kromer, B.; Litt, T.; Lowe, D.J.; Nakagawa, T.; Newnham, R.M.; Schwander, J. 2009. Formal definition and dating of the GSSP (Global Stratotype Section and Point) for the base of the Holocene using the Greenland NGRIP ice core, and selected auxiliary records. Journal of Quaternary Science 29, 3-17.
Lowe, D.J. 2008. Globalization of tephrochronology: new views from Australasia. Progress in Physical Geography 32, 311-335.
Lowe, D.J.; Alloway, B.V.; Shane, P.A.R. 2008. Far-flung markers [Tephras] In: Graham, I.J. (chief editor) “A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century”. Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 124, 170-173.
Walker, M.; Johnsen, S.; Rasmussen, S.O.; Steffensen, J.-P.; Popp, T.; Gibbard, P.; Hoek, W.; Lowe, J.J.; Andrews, J.; Björck, S.; Cwynar, L.; Hughen, K.; Kershaw, P.; Kromer, B.; Litt, T.; Lowe, D.J.; Nakagawa, T.; Newnham, R.M.; Schwander, J. 2008. The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Holocene Series/Epoch (Quaternary System/Period) in the NGRIP ice core. Episodes: Journal of International Geosciences 31, 264-267.
Lowe, D.J.; Shane, P.A.R.; Alloway, B.V.; Newnham, R.M. 2008. Fingerprints
and age models for widespread New Zealand tephra marker beds erupted
since 30,000 years ago: a framework for NZ-INTIMATE. Quaternary Science
Reviews 27, 95-126.
Froese, D.G.; Slate, J.L.; Lowe, D.J.; Knott, J. (editors) 2008. "Global Tephra Studies: John Westgate and Andrei Sarna-Wojcicki Commemorative Volume". Quaternary International Vol. 178, Elsevier, Oxford, 1-320.
Froese, D.G.; Alloway, B.V.; Lowe, D.J. 2008. John A. Westgate - Global tephrochronologist, stratigrapher, mentor [editorial]. Quaternary International 178, 4-9.
Lowe, D.J.; Tonkin, P.J.; Neall, V.E.; Palmer, A.S.; Alloway, B.V.; Froggatt, P.C. 2008. Colin George Vucetich (1918-2007) - pioneering New Zealand tephrochronologist [obituary]. Quaternary International 178, 11-15.
Gehrels, M.J.; Newnham, R.M.; Lowe, D.J.; Wynne, S.; Hazell, Z.J.;
Caseldine, C. 2008. Towards rapid assay of cryptotephra
in peat cores: review and evaluation of selected methods.
Quaternary International 178, 68-84.
Leonard, G.; Lowe, D.J.; McSaveney, E.; Smith, R.T.; Stewart, C.; Wright, I. 2007. Living on the ring of fire - volcanoes. In: Te Ara team (editors), "Life on the Edge - New Zealand's Natural Hazards and Disasters". David Bateman, Auckland, pp. 76-115.
Newnham, R.M.; Lowe, D.J.; Giles, T.M., Alloway, B.V. 2007. Vegetation
and climate of Auckland, New Zealand, since ca. 32 000 cal. yr ago:
support for an extended LGM. Journal of Quaternary
Science 22, 517-534.
Newnham, R.M.; Vandergoes, M.J.; Hendy, C.H.; Lowe, D.J.; Preusser,
F. 2007. A terrrestrial palynological record for the last two glacial
cycles from southwestern New Zealand. Quaternary
Science Reviews 26, 517-535.
Alloway, B.V.; Lowe, D.J.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Newnham, R.M..; Almond,
P.C.; Augustinus, P.C.; Bertler, N.A.; Carter, L.; Litchfield, N.J.;
McGlone, M.S.; Shulmeister, J.; Vandergoes, M.J.; Williams, P.W.
and NZ-INTIMATE members 2007. Towards a climate event stratigraphy
for New Zealand over the past 30,000 years (NZ-INTIMATE project).
Journal of Quaternary Science 22, 9-35.
Newnham, R.M.; Vandergoes, M.J.; Garnett, M.H.; Lowe, D.J.; Prior,
C.; Almond, P.CJ. 2007. Test of AMS 14C dating of pollen concentrates
using tephrochronology. Journal of Quaternary
Science 22, 37-51.
Alloway, B.V.; Larsen, G.; Lowe, D.J.; Shane. P.A.R.; Westgate,
J.A. 2007. Tephrochronology. In: Elias, S.A. (editor-in-chief) Encyclopaedia
of Quaternary Science. Elsevier, London, pp. 2869-2898.
Smith, R.T.; Lowe, D.J.; Wright, I.C. 2006. Volcanoes. Te Ara -
The Encyclopedia of New Zealand [Online]. Updated 9 June 2006. New
Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington.
Briggs, R.M.; Lowe, D.J.; Esler, W.R.; Smith, R.T.; Henry, M.A.C.; Wehrmann, H.; Manning, D.A. 2006.
Geology of the Maketu area, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand ? Sheet V14 1:50 000.
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato, Occasional Report 26. 44 pp + map.
[Published in collaboration with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Whakatane.]
Gehrels, M.J.; Lowe, D.J.; Hazell, Z.J.; Newnham,
R.M. 2006. A continuous 5300-yr Holocene cryptotephrostratigraphic
record from northern New Zealand and implications for
tephrochronology and volcanic-hazard assessment. The
Holocene 16: 173-187.
Hajdas, I.; Lowe, D.J.; Newnham, R.M.; Bonani, G.
2006. Timing of the late-glacial climate reversal in
the Southern Hemisphere using high-resolution radiocarbon
chronology for Kaipo bog, New Zealand. Quaternary Research
Pedology and land management
|Participants on ‘Ashes & Issues’ field trip Nov 2008
||Tephra section and Prof Masami Nanzyo near Mt Tarawera Nov 2008
McDaniel, P.A.; Lowe, D.J.; Arnalds, O.; Ping, C.-L. 2011. Andisols. In: Li, Y; Sumner, M.E. (eds-in-chief) “Handbook of Soil Science, 2nd edition”. CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), London (in press).
Churchman, G.J.; Lowe, D.J. 2011. Alteration, formation, and
occurrence of minerals in soils. In: Li, Y; Sumner, M.E. (eds-in-chief) “Handbook of Soil Science, 2nd edition”. CRC Press (Taylor and Francis), London (in press) A113
Lowe, D.J.; Neall, V.E., Hedley, M; Clothier, B.; Mackay, A. 2010. Guidebook for pre-conference North Island, New Zealand ‘Volcanoes to Ocean’ field tour (27-30 July, 2010). 19th World Soils Congress, International Union of Soil Sciences, Brisbane. Soil and Earth Sciences Occasional Publication No. 3, Massey University, Palmerston North, 239pp. ISSN No. 1175-4966.
Lowe, D.J.; Tonkin, P.J. 2010. Unravelling upbuilding pedogenesis in tephra and loess sequences in New Zealand using tephrochronology. In: Gilkes, R.J.; Prakongkep, N. (eds), Proceedings 19th World Congress of Soil Science (1-6 Aug., 2010, Brisbane), Symposium 1.3.2 Geochronological techniques and soil formation, pp. 34-37. Published on DVD and http://www.iuss.org.
Takesako, H.; Lowe, D.J.; Churchman, G.J.; Chittleborough, D. 2010. Holocene volcanic soils in the Mt Gambier region, South Australia. In: Gilkes, R.J.; Prakongkep, N. (eds), Proceedings 19th World Congress of Soil Science (1-6 Aug., 2010, Brisbane,), Symposium 1.3.1 Pedogenesis: ratio and range of influence, pp. 47-50. Published on DVD and http://www.iuss.org.
Watt, M.J.; Palmer, D.J.; Kimberley, M.O.; Höck, B.K.; Payn, T.; Lowe, D.J. 2010. Development of models to predict Pinus radiata productivity throughout New Zealand. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40, 488-499.
Palmer, D.J.; Hock, B.K.; Kimberley, M.O.; Lowe, D.J.; Payn, T.W. 2009. Comparison of spatial prediction techniques for developing Pinus radiata productivity surfaces across New Zealand. Forest Ecology and Management 258, 2046-2055.
Inoue, Y.; Baasansuren, J.; Watanabe, M.; Kamei, H.; Lowe, D.J. 2009. Interpretation of pre-AD 472 Roman soils from physicochemical and mineralogical properties of buried tephric paleosols at Somma Vesuviana ruin, southwest Italy. Geoderma, 152, 243-251.
Palmer, D.J.; Watt, M.S.; Höck, B.K.; Lowe, D.J.; Payn, T.W. 2009. A dynamic framework for spatial modelling Pinus radiata soil-water balance (SWatBal) across New Zealand. Forest Research Bulletin No. 234, 1-93.
Palmer, D.J.; Höck, B.K.; Lowe, D.J.; Dunningham, A.G.; Payn, T.W. 2009. Developing national-scale terrain attributes for New Zealand (TANZ). Forest Research Bulletin No. 232, 1-81
Lowe, D.J.; Tonkin, P.J.; Palmer, A.S.; Palmer, J. 2008. Dusty horizons [Loess] In: Graham, I.J. (chief editor) “A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century”. Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 124, 270-273.
Lowe, D.J. (Editor) 2008. Guidebook for Pre-conference North Island Field Trip A1 ‘Ashes and Issues’, 28-30 November, 2008. Australian and New Zealand 4th Joint Soils Conference, Massey University, Palmerston North (1-5 Dec.). New Zealand Society of Soil Science, 1-194. ISBN 978-0-473-14476-0
Lowe, D.J. (editor) 2006. Guidebook for ‘Land and
Lakes’ field trip, New Zealand Society of Soil
Science Biennial Conference, Rotorua. New Zealand Society
of Soil Science, Lincoln. 63pp.
Claessens, L.; Lowe, D.J.; Hayward, B.W.; Schoorl,
J.M.; Veldkamp, A. 2006. Reconstructing high-magnitude/low-frequency
landslide events based on soil redistribution modelling
and a Late-Holocene sediment record from New Zealand.
Geomorphology 74: 29-49
Lowe, D.J.; Palmer, D.J. 2005. Andisols of
New Zealand and Australia. Journal of Integrated Field
Science 2, 39-65.
Palmer, D.J.; Lowe, D.J.; Payn, T.W.; Höck, B.K.;
McLay, C.D.A.; Kimberley, M.O. 2005. Soil and foliar
phosphorus as indicators of sustainability for Pinus
radiata plantation forestry in New Zealand. Forest Ecology
and Management 220: 140-154.
Prehistory-archaeology and tephrochronology
Lowe, D.J. 2008. Polynesian settlement of New Zealand and the impacts of volcanism on early Maori society: an update. In: Lowe, D.J. (ed), Guidebook for Pre-conference North Island Field Trip A1 ‘Ashes and Issues’, 28-30 November, 2008. Australian and New Zealand 4th Joint Soils Conference, Massey University, Palmerston North (1-5 Dec.). New Zealand Society of Soil Science. Pp.142-147.
Lowe, D.J.; Newnham, R.M. 2004. Role of tephra in dating Polynesian settlement and impact, New Zealand. Past Global Changes 12 (No. 3), 5-7 + 3 pages full references at www.pages-igbp.org/products/newsletters/ref2004_3.html
Gumbley, W.; Higham, T.F.G.; Lowe, D.J. 2004. Prehistoric
horticultural adaptation of soils in the middle Waikato
Basin: review and evidence from S14/201 and S14/185,
Hamilton. New Zealand Journal of Archaeology 25: 5-30.
Hogg, A.G., Higham, T.F.G., Lowe, D.J., Palmer, J.;
Reimer, P.; Newnham, R.M. 2003. Wiggle-match date for
Polynesian settlement of New Zealand. Antiquity 77:
Lowe, D.J.; Newnham, R.M.; McCraw, J.D. 2002. Volcanism
and early Maori society in New Zealand. In: R. Torrence & J.
Grattan (eds) "Natural Disasters, Catastrophism
and Cultural Change", Routledge, London, pp. 126-161.
Lowe, D.J.; Newnham, R.M.; McFadgen, B.G.; Higham,
T.F.G. 2000. Tephras and New Zealand archaeology. Journal
of Archaeological Science 27: 859-870.
PDFs of some papers are available at the University of Waikato 'Research Commons' at
An extensive list of publications (from
1997) is also available for viewing.
|Paddy fields growing
rice near Tokyo
||Ultisol landscape, Mahurangi Forest, Northland
Honours and distinctions
David has held elected office in both
international and national geoscience organizations
and been involved for more than three decades in organizing
and leading conference and society activities, thereby
helping facilitate science communication for professional
scientist and students from New Zealand and overseas.
In addition, David has hosted and supported dozens
of visiting academics and young scientists, including
15 long-term visitors, from the USA, Canada, Australia,
The Netherlands, Norway, England, Ireland, and Japan.
He convened an international Inter-INQUA
field conference on tephra, loess and paleosols
in New Zealand in 1994 whilst Executive Secretary
of the Commission of Tephrochronology of INQUA and he co-organised the "Active Tephra" conference in Japan in 2010 for the International Focus Group on Tephrochronology and Volcanism (INTAV).
He convened the annual conference of the
Geological Society of New Zealand in Hamilton in
Currently David is a member of the editorial panels (boards) for two journals, Quaternary International and the Journal of Quaternary Science and he is an associate editor for Soil Science Society
of America Journal.
David's contributions to research and lecturing
have been recognised by awards and honours both
internationally and in New Zealand. Here are some
- Elected Fellow of Royal Society of New Zealand
- Awarded Marsden Fund funding for 3-year project on ancient DNA and paleosols in the North Island
- Awarded Fellowship of Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science for lecture tour of Japan in May
- Ron McDonald Memorial Lecture award, Queensland branch, Australian Society of Soil Science
- Leader of INTREPID project of INTAV "Enhancing tephrochronology as a global research tool"
- The book "A continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century", published in 2008 by the Geological Society of NZ, and of which David was one of 3 technical editors, was awarded "best book in environment" category at Montana NZ Book Awards.
- Appointed to a personal chair (professorship) at Waikato University 1 February
- Presented inaugural professional lecture "A date with tephra" 16 December
- Invited participant at international consortium workshop "Studying uncertainty in palaeo-environmental reconstruction - a net" (SUPRAnet) in U.K.
- co-guest editor of volume (vol. 178) of papers "Global
Tephra Studies - John Westgate and Andrei Sarna-Wojcicki
Commemorative Volume" for
journal Quaternary International
- Invited plenary keynote speaker at international
symposium "Quaternary Environmental Change in
Asia and the Western Pacific", Tsukuba, Japan,
- Invited keynote speaker in two sessions 'Recent
advances in tephrochronology' (S. Davies/K. Aoki,
convenors) and 'Abrupt environmental and archaeologic
changes' (J. Lowe/C. Turney, convenors) at 17th International INQUA Congress, Cairns, Australia, 28 July- August.
- Elected Full Voting Member, International Union for Quaternary Research Commission
on Stratigraphy and Chronology (INQUA-SACCOM), 2007-2011
- Appointed Executive Secretary, International Focus Group on Tephrochronology
and Volcanism (INTAV) of INQUA, 2007 - 2011.
- Official New Zealand delegate (Royal Society of
NZ) to International Council, 17th International INQUA Congress,
- invited key-note speaker at international
field conference on "Volcanic-ash Soils", Mt Fuji
area, Japan (March)
- associatee investigator in team (lead by Professor Deuri Newnham) awarded funding by the Nature Environment Research Council (NERC), UK, for research on cryptotephra studies in northern New Zealand
- invited co-author of chapters in international
and national encyclopaedias ( Encyclopaedia
of Quaternary Science, Encyclopaedia of New Zealand )
invited speaker at international inter-INQUA tephra
conference "Tephra Rush" in Dawson City,
Yukon Territory, Canada
invited key-note speaker at the 2nd International
Workshop on Andisols in Sendai, northeast Japan
by the Vice-Chancellor to speak at the 40th Anniversary
Celebration Winter Lecture Series at University
associate investigator in team (led by Dr
Alan Hogg) awarded Marsden funding for palaeoclimatic
analysis and radiocarbon calibration of marine isotope
stage 3 using Agathis australis (kauri).
awarded the N.H. Taylor Memorial Lecture Award
and a Fellowship of the New Zealand Society of Soil
Invitation Fellow of the Japan Society for
the Promotion of Science, undertaking a lecture
tour of five universities and carrying out pedological
and tephrostratigraphic field work on Hokkaido,
Honshu and Kyushu islands, Japan.
participated in a Television New Zealand documentary
on the origins and timing of settlement of early
Polynesians in New Zealand
in team (led by Professor Rewi Newnham) awarded
funding by the Natural Environment Research Council
(NERC), U.K., for research on interhemispheric
synchrony of global climate change
Distinguished Scholar Award, Queen's University
of Belfast, U.K.
- Guest editor
of journal Quaternary International vols
34-36, "Tephra, Loess, and Paleosols - An Integration"
awarded a Higher Education 'Link' Award by
the British Council to facilitate joint research
with Plymouth University, England.
Award of the University of Waikato (1992)
scientist award, CSIRO Division of Soils, Adelaide
W.A. Pullar Prize of the Geological Society
of New Zealand (1986) (inaugural prize winner)
Sir Theodore Rigg Award of
the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (1982)
| Professors Lowe, Chen (National Taiwan Univ., Taipei) and Takesako (Meiji Univ., Japan) in Prof Chen’s lab, 2007
||Symbolic ancient altar depicting the soils of China (at Taiwan Soil Museum, Taichung, Taiwan)
Membership of professional and learned societies
- Co-leader of North Island field trip "Volcanoes to Ocean" for 19th World Soil Congress in Brisbane 2010.
- Co-organiser of INTAV "Active Tephra" conference in Kirishima, Japan, 2010.
- Co-leader of North Island field trip "Ashes and Issues" for 4th joint international soils conference of Australian and New Zealand soil science societies in Palmerston North 2008
- Co-scientific/technical editor of Geological Society of New Zealand book "A Continent on the Move" (2008), winner of 'environment' award of Montana New Zealand Book Awards, 2009.
- Visited national soil museums in Taichung, Taiwan, and Tsukuba, Japan, 2007;
- Co-leader of field trip “Land and Lakes” for
biennial conference of society in Rotorua 2006; Fellow of New Zealand Society of Soil Science
(FNZSSS) since 2002; N.H. Taylor Memorial Lecturer
in 2002; member of society since 1975
- Member of Royal Society
of New Zealand (MRSNZ) since 1994
- Member of Geological
Society of New Zealand since 1975 (foundation member
Waikato Branch); on National Committee GSNZ two
terms 2000-2003; convenor of annual conference "Advances
in Geosciences", Hamilton, 2001
- Foundation member of
Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) since
- Executive Secretary of International Focus Group on Tephrochronology and Volcanism (INTVA) 2007 - 2011;
Secretary of Commission on Tephrochronology (COT) of International
Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) 1991-1995;
international inter-INQUA field conference "Tephras, Loess, Paleosols",
- Co-leader New Zealand field trip, 10th
International Clay Conference, Adelaide, in 1993
- Editorial Advisory
Panel, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
- Editorial Board, Quaternary International since
- Editorial Board, Journal of Quaternay Science since 2008
Editor, Soil Science Society of America Journal (Pedology Div.) since
North Island soils tour, World Soils Congress July 2010
Prof Mike Hedley explains management of Horotiu soils, North Is. soils tour, WSC July 2010