Two new Royal Society Fellows for GNS Science - 21/11/2019

Earthquake geologist Kelvin Berryman and paleontologist James Crampton were today named as new Fellows of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

They have been elected to the Academy of the Royal Society for their distinguished research and the advancement of science and technology.     

Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises distinction in research, scholarship or the advancement of knowledge at the highest international standards. Currently there are about 440 New Zealand Fellows in total.


We congratulate them both, and we are very proud their peers have recognised them in this way

Ian Simpson


GNS Science Chief Executive Ian Simpson says he is delighted Dr Berryman and Professor Crampton have been recognised for their outstanding work.

“Both James and Kelvin have produced science that’s made a tangible difference – not just for New Zealand, but internationally as well,” Mr Simpson says.

“They represent the very best of science in New Zealand and their work has been celebrated in diverse forums around the world.

“We congratulate them both, and we are very proud their peers have recognised them in this way.”

Kelvin Berryman

Dr Kelvin Berryman

Kelvin Berryman, QSO
Dr Berryman leads the Natural Hazards and Risk Theme at GNS Science. He has had an immense impact on the science of active tectonics and seismic hazard assessment and his work has advanced understanding of the processes and hazards associated with plate boundary zones.

He is noted for his ability to communicate with the public and government agencies, and for bringing scientists, engineers, and policy-makers together to address complex topics around natural hazards and resilience.

He played a pivotal role in the response and recovery from the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes, bringing research knowledge to the fore in decision-making. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Service Order for services to science and the Canterbury earthquake recovery. And in 2018 he won a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Science New Zealand National Awards. 

James Crampton

Dr James Crampton

Professor James Crampton
Professor Crampton is the leading authority on New Zealand Cretaceous paleobiology, biostratigraphy and paleo-environments. He is internationally recognised for his work on the physical drivers of evolution, the dynamics of biodiversity, biogeography, and biostratigraphy.

His work in leading international journals synthesises geological, ecological and macroevolutionary processes, and achieves an impressive level of quantitative and analytical rigour. In addition to his contributions to paleobiological theory, his innovative methods and analytical techniques are becoming widely adopted.

Through presentations, print, and display of fossils, Dr Crampton has increased public understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s past life and environments. He has a joint appointment with GNS Science and Victoria University of Wellington, and he was elected a Fellow of the US-based Paleontological Society in 2018.

The Royal Society has been electing Fellows since 1919 and up to 20 new Fellows are added to its ranks each year. Nineteen new Fellows and one honorary Fellow were announced today.