Delia Tamsen


Full Name: Delia Tamsen

Position: Challenge Manager

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4227

Specialist Profile

Delia is the Challenge Manager of Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge. Prior to this role Delia managed a range of other natural hazards research programmes including It's Our Fault, the award-winning Wellington region earthquake hazard, risk and resilience programme. Delia is driven to ensure the success of hazard and resilience research by ensuring maximum uptake of research outcomes and outputs, and helping to translate research findings into policy and practice. Delia has worked in geosciences in New Zealand since graduating from the Otago University with an MSc in Physical Geography.


2006: BSc, Geography; 2007: PGDipSci (Distinction), Geography; 2009: MSc (Distinction), Geography

Areas of expertise

Business Development: Database Administration
Business Development: Project management
Geology: GIS
Geology: Glaciology
Geology: Mineralogy
Geology: Petrology
Geomorphology: Aerial photograph interpretation
Geomorphology: Geological and geomorphological mapping
Technical: Collection and data management
Technical: Field Work
Technical: GIS

Professional activities

New Zealand Snow and Ice Research Group: Member
Otago University: Glaciers@Otago Research Group: Member
Otago University: Polar Environments Research Theme: Member
Geoscience Society of New Zealand: Member

Major publications

Strong, D.T.; Turnbull, R.E.; Markwitz, A. 2018 Managing hazardous materials in New Zealand’s National Petrology Reference Collection. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 61(4): 562-569; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1495238

Strong, D.T.; Turnbull, R.E.; Haubrock, S.N.; Mortimer, N. 2016 Petlab : New Zealand's national rock catalogue and geoanalytical database. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 59(3): 475-481; doi: 10.1080/00288306.2016.1157086

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