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Applied Biostratigraphy of Asia-Pacific Basins - 14/08/1998

Massey University and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) is now accepting the next intake of students for a Master's level course in advanced biostratigraphy.

This course, which is limited to a maximum of 15 students, is particularly appropriate for those who have completed a four year degree course in geology, earth science or related topics that includes advanced level work related to biostratigraphy, or who have had equivalent work experience. It is designed to provide the skills for a career in the exploration industry, or for a teaching career in applied biostratigraphy.

The course will equip students with advanced, state-of-the-art techniques and methods in biostratigraphy and basin analysis, especially those applicable to the hydrocarbons exploration industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Students will learn to apply the most useful fossil groups for biostratigraphy and will be supervised in their research thesis on a biostratigraphic, palaeoenvironmental or related topic by specialists from Massey University and the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences. GNS is a world leader in the integration and development of quantitative biostratigraphic techniques, especially graphic correlation. Graduating students will be up-to-date with the most recent biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic techniques for analysing and interpreting sediments obtained from drill cores and outcrops. The course will include a one week field trip in the North Island of New Zealand to demonstrate field techniques and examine a Cenozoic sedimentary sequence, and a short period of on-site training at GNS in Lower Hutt.

The lecture course will be run by Massey University and GNS staff including several internationally recognised specialists in biostratigraphy and paleontology. Research theses will be supervised jointly by one Massey and one GNS staff member. Students are encouraged to bring materials and documention for their thesis with them to New Zealand, in consultation with the course supervisor.

There are companies and government agencies operating in the Asia-Pacific region who would like to make a tangible contribution to the welfare of their local region or country. We suggest that there is no better way to do so than to invest in the education and training of the people of the countries in which your organisation operates. In addition there will be company employees looking for career opportunities and also specialists and consultants who wish to expand their range of skills. This course is designed to meet their needs.