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Kyle BlandSenior Geologist

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Geological Mapping & Stratigraphy

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I’m interested in the geological, paleogeographic, paleoenvironmental, and biogeographic evolution of the New Zealand region at multiple scales and time frames. I have extensive field experience examining sedimentary rocks across much of Aotearoa, with particular expertise in the eastern North Island and Taranaki-Whanganui regions. I am a current co-compiler of new geological and geomorphological maps within the Auckland region, and lead GNS’s multi-disciplinary ‘Integrated Coastal Dynamics’ research project. My passion for community outreach means I am a frequent proponent, participant, and leader of activities particularly targeting school children and their teachers, and iwi — especially in the Northland, eastern North Island, and Taranaki regions, including via the award-winning “GeoCamp” initiative.


  • MSc Hons (1st class), Earth Sciences
  • BSc, Earth Sciences
  • PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Geology: Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Geology: Stratigraphy
  • Geology: Geological mapping
  • Geology: Sedimentary Geology
  • Geology: Regional Geology
  • Geology: Paleogeography
  • Geology: Cenozoic stratigraphy
  • Geology: Basin analysis
  • Geology: Field mapping & compilation
  • Geology: Geology of New Zealand's East Coast
  • Geology: Geological mapping using GIS
  • Geology: Neogene Stratigraphy
  • Geology: Outcrop geology
  • Geology: Depositional environments
  • Geology: Petroleum Geology
  • Business Development: Community engagement
  • Business Development: Outreach
  • Business Development: Paleoenvironmental analysis

Major Publications

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  • Griffin, A.G.; Bland, K.J.; Morgans, H.E.G.; Strogen, D.P. 2022. A multifaceted study of the offshore Titihaoa-1 drillhole and a Neogene accretionary slope basin, Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 65(1): p. 79-104. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2021.1932527. p. 79-104
  • Crampton, J.S.; Mortimer, N.; Bland, K.J.; Strogen, D.P.; Sagar, M.W.; Hines, B.R.; King, P.R.; Seebeck, H. 2019. Cretaceous termination of subduction at the Zealandia margin of Gondwana : the view from the paleo-trench, Gondwana Research 70: p. 222-242. DOI: 10.1016/ p. 222-242
  • Bland, K.J.; Nicol, A.; Kamp, P.J.J.; Nelson, C.S. 2019. Stratigraphic constraints on the late Miocene–Pleistocene evolution of the North Island Fault System and axial ranges in the central Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 62(2): p. 248-272. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1545675. p. 248-272
  • Sahoo, T.R.; Bland, K.J. (compilers) 2017. Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity, Southeast Province: ArcGIS geodatabase and technical report Lower Hutt, NZ: GNS Science. GNS Science data series 23c 53 p.
  • Arnot, M.J.; Bland, K.J. (compilers) 2016. Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity, Northwest Province: ArcGIS geodatabase and technical report Lower Hutt, NZ: GNS Science. GNS Science data series 23b 34 p.
  • Bland, K.J.; Uruski, C.I.; Isaac, M.J. 2015. Pegasus Basin, eastern New Zealand : a stratigraphic record of subsidence and subduction, ancient and modern, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 58(4): p. 319-343. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1076862. p. 319-343
  • Mortimer, N.; Rattenbury, M.S.; King, P.R.; Bland, K.J.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Bache, F.; Begg, J.G.; Campbell, H.J.; Cox, S.C.; Crampton, J.S.; Edbrooke, S.W.; Forsyth, P.J.; Johnston, M.R.; Jongens, R.; Lee, J.; Leonard, G.S.; Raine, J.I.; Skinner, D.N.B.; T 2014. High-level stratigraphic scheme for New Zealand rocks, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 57(4): p. 402-419. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2014.946062. p. 402-419
  • Trewick, S.A.; Bland, K.J. 2012. Fire and slice : palaeogeography for biogeography at New Zealand's North Island/South Island juncture, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 42(3): p. 153-183. DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2010.549493. p. 153-183
  • Lee, J.M.; Bland, K.J.; Townsend, D.B.; Kamp, P.J.J. (comps) 2011. Geology of the Hawke's Bay area : scale 1:250,000 Lower Hutt: GNS Science. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences 1:250,000 geological map 8 93 p. + 1 folded map
  • Kamp, P.J.J.; Vonk, A.J.; Bland, K.J.; Hansen, R.J.; Hendy, A.J.W.; McIntyre, A.P.; Ngatai, M.; Cartwright, S.J.; Hayton, S.; Nelson, C.S. 2004. Neogene stratigraphic architecture and tectonic evolution of Wanganui, King Country, and eastern Taranaki basins, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 47(4): p. 625-644. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2004.9515080. p. 625-644

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