Kyle Bland


Full Name: Kyle Bland

Position: Senior Geologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4669

Specialist Profile

Dr Kyle Bland has professional expertise in sedimentary geology, paleoenvironmental analysis, geological mapping, and the paleogeographic evolution of the New Zealand region, with particular experience in the geology of eastern North Island and Taranaki-Whanganui regions. Kyle presently leads GNS’s ‘Integrated Coastal Dynamics’ research project, and has extensive experience leading large SSIF, contestable, and commercially-funded projects for local, international, and Government clients. He is also a current co-compiler of new urban geological and geomorphological maps within the Auckland region. Kyle is an active proponent, participant, and leader of outreach activities targeting a wide sector of the general public — particularly school children and their teachers, and iwi — in the Northland, eastern North Island, and Taranaki regions, including via the award-winning “GeoCamp” initiative.


1999: BSc, Earth Sciences; 2001: MSc Hons (1st class), Earth Sciences; 2007: PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences

Areas of expertise

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

Professional activities

American Association of Petroleum Geologists: Member
Geological Society of New Zealand: Member
NZ Journal of Geology & Geophysics: Guest Associate Editor

Major publications

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): 79-104; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2021.1932527

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): 248-272; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1545675

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: 222-242; doi: 10.1016/

Sahoo, T.R.; Bland, K.J. (compilers) 2017 Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity, Southeast Province: ArcGIS geodatabase and technical report.

Arnot, M.J.; Bland, K.J. (compilers) 2016 Atlas of Petroleum Prospectivity, Northwest Province: ArcGIS geodatabase and technical report.

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): 319-343; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1076862

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.; Timm, C.; Townsend, D.B.; Tulloch, A.J.; Turnbull, I.M.; Turnbull, R.E. 2014 High-level stratigraphic scheme for New Zealand rocks. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 57(4): 402-419; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2014.946062

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): 153-183; doi: 10.1080/03036758.2010.549493

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): 625-644; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2004.9515080

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