Earth’s chemically and physically diverse surface reflects natural variation and the impact of human activity.

Earth’s chemically and physically diverse surface reflects natural variation and the impact of human activity.

Our Research

At GNS Science, we map the spatial patterns in soil and other active chemical environments to lead research and underpin relevant studies.

We map the spatial patterns in soil and other active chemical environments from an Earth sciences perspective to undertake research and underpin relevant studies. This includes sediment transport pathways, anthropogenic pollution, agriculture, freshwater studies, mineral exploration, food forensics and human health.

Collecting soil samples for chemistry in a remote part of the South Island, New Zealand

SoilSafe

Currently GNS Science is partnering with The University of Auckland in the community science project SoilSafe Aotearoa(external link).

  • About the project

    The project highlights the importance of healthy soils, provides access to free soil testing of your vegetable garden, surveys the scientific, cultural, economic and social values Kiwis have around soils, and shares opportunities to get involved in community projects. 

     GNS Science collaborates with several partners in government and universities (see below), supports student projects, and undertakes research to better understand Aotearoa New Zealand’s soil and other active chemical environments. We are recognised as the custodians of the chemistry of New Zealand soil chemistry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and represent New Zealand on the IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) Commission on Global Geochemical Baselines. 

  • Collaborators

    The University of Auckland

    • Melanie Kah
    • Emma Sharp

    Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

    • Pierre Roudier
    • Jo Cavanagh

    The University of Otago

    • Tilman Davies
    • Claudine Stirling
    • Malcolm Reid