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Lorna Strachan

Lorna Strachan, Senior Lecturer of Sedimentology, University of Auckland

"For me, the most exciting thing about doing science is working in a team of like-minded people and bouncing ideas and thoughts off one-another.”

Lorna has always had a keen interest in nature and the outdoors, nurtured by her parents from childhood but the moment that things really clicked for was while she was at the University of Leeds, studying for a degree in Geology.  It was during a fieldtrip in Scotland with horizontal rain that she finally realized how incredibly interesting geology was.

She is interested is understanding the physical processes that redistribute or move sediment on the seafloor. This is tricky as the water depths at which these processes occur are anywhere from 100 m to 10,000 m below sea level.  Because of this, much of her research is done by remotely using detailed images of the seafloor, or via very detailed studies of sediment that has been carefully collected using sophisticated drilling techniques aboard science ships. 

Lorna also spends time looking at ancient seafloor deposits that have been turned into rock and exhumed, to be exposed in rocky outcrops.  She’s worked on ancient seafloor deposits that are more than 450 million years old! The amazing thing about these ancient deposits is that the processes that were occurring then are still occurring today.

For Lorna the most exciting thing about doing science is working in a team of like-minded people and bouncing ideas and thoughts off one-another.