Simon Cox


Full Name: Simon Cox

Position: Structural Geologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-3-479 9670


1985: BSc (Hons), Geology; 1989: MSc, Geology; 1993: PhD

Areas of expertise

Geology: Antarctic Geology
Geology: Geological mapping using GIS
Geology: Mineral deposit research
Geology: Structural Geology
Geology: Tectonics

Professional activities

Geoscience Society of New Zealand: Member
American Geophysical Union: Member
NZ Hydrological Society: Member

Major publications

Cox, S.C.; van Ballegooy, S.; Rutter, H.K.; Harte, D.S.; Holden, C.; Gulley, A.K.; Lacrosse, V.; Manga, M. 2021 Can artesian groundwater and earthquake-induced aquifer leakage exacerbate the manifestation of liquefaction? Engineering Geology, 281: article 105982; doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105982

Weaver, K.C.; Arnold, R.; Holden, C.; Townend, J.; Cox, S.C. 2020 A probabilistic model of aquifer susceptibility to earthquake-induced groundwater-level changes. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 110(3): 1046-1063; doi: 10.1785/0120180278

Weaver, K.C.; Cox, S.C.; Townend, J.; Rutter, H.; Hamling, I.J.; Holden, C. 2019 Seismological and hydrogeological controls on New Zealand-wide groundwater level changes induced by the 2016 MW Kaikoura earthquake. Geofluids, 2019: article 9809458; doi: 10.1155/2019/9809458

Beyssac, O.; Cox, S.C.; Vry, J.; Herman, F. 2016 Peak metamorphic temperature and thermal history of the Southern Alps (New Zealand). Tectonophysics, 676: 229-249; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.12.024

O'Brien, G.A.; Cox, S.C.; Townend, J. 2016 Spatially and temporally systematic hydrologic changes within large geoengineered landslides, Cromwell Gorge, New Zealand, induced by multiple regional earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 121(12): 8750-8773; doi: 10.1002/2016JB013418

Cox, S.C.; Menzies, C.D.; Sutherland, R.; Denys, P.H.; Chamberlain, C.; Teagle, D.A.H. 2015 Changes in hot spring temperature and hydrogeology of the Alpine Fault hanging wall, New Zealand, induced by distal South Island earthquakes. Geofluids, 15(1/2): 216-239; doi: 10.1111/gfl.12093

Cox, S.C.; Nibourel, L. 2015 Bedload composition, transport and modification in rivers of Westland, New Zealand, with implications for the distribution of alluvial pounamu (jade). New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 58(2): 154-175; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1025799

Herman, F.; Beyssac, O.; Brughelli, M.; Lane, S.N.; Leprince, S.; Adatte, T.; Lin, J.Y.Y.; Avouac, J-P.; Cox, S.C. 2015 Erosion by an alpine glacier. Science, 350(6257): 193-195; doi: 10.1126/science.aab2386

Cox, S.C.; Rutter, H.K.; Sims, A.; Manga, M.; Weir, J.J.; Ezzy, T.; White, P.A.; Horton, T.W.; Scott, D. 2012 Hydrological effects of the Mw 7.1 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake, 4 September 2010, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 55(3): 231-247; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2012.680474

Cox, S.C.; Stirling, M.W.; Herman, F.; Gerstenberger, M.; Ristau, J. 2012 Potentially active faults in the rapidly eroding landscape adjacent to the Alpine Fault, central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Tectonics, 31: TC2011; doi: 10.1029/2011TC003038

Cox, S.C.; Turnbull, I.M.; Isaac, M.J.; Townsend, D.B.; Smith Lyttle, B. (comps) 2012 Geology of southern Victoria Land Antarctica. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences 1:250,000 geological map 22. 135 p. + 1 folded map

Allen, S.K.; Cox, S.C.; Owens, I.F. 2011 Rock avalanches and other landslides in the central Southern Alps of New Zealand : a regional study considering possible climate change impacts. Landslides, 8(1): 33-48; doi: 10.1007/s10346-010-0222-z

Herman, F.; Cox, S.C.; Kamp, P.J.J. 2009 Low-temperature thermochronology and thermokinematic modeling of deformation, exhumation, and development of topography in the central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Tectonics, 28: TC5011; doi: 10.1029/2008TC002367

Cox, S.C.; Barrell, D.J.A. (comps) 2007 Geology of the Aoraki area : scale 1:250,000. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences 1:250,000 geological map 15 . 71 p. + 1 folded map

Cox, S.C.; Sutherland, R. 2007 Regional geological framework of South Island, New Zealand, and its significance for understanding the active plate boundary. p. 19-46 IN: Okaya, D.A.; Stern, T.A.; Davey, F.J. (eds) A continental plate boundary : tectonics at South Island, New Zealand. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union. Geophysical monograph 175.

Little, T.A.; Cox, S.C.; Vry, J.K.; Batt, G. 2005 Variations in exhumation level and uplift rate along the oblique-slip Alpine Fault, central Southern Alps, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 117(5/6): 707-723; doi: 10.1130/B25500.1

Warr, L.N.; Cox, S.C. 2001 Clay mineral transformations and weakening mechanisms along the Alpine Fault, New Zealand. p. 85-101 IN: Holdsworth, R.E.; Strachan, R.A.; Magloughlin, J.F.; Knipe, R.J. The nature and tectonic significance of fault zone weakening. London: Geological Society of London. Geological Society special publication 186.

Cox, S.C.; Findlay, R.H. 1995 The Main Divide Fault Zone and its role in formation of the Southern Alps, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 38(4): 489-499

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