ANZ Sedimentology Group

  • Xbedded Sandstone
  • Thick massive turbidite sandstones, NZ, Waitemata Basin
  • Slump folding, NZ, Waitemata Basin
  • Stacked coarsening-upwards marginal marine deposits, Amadeus Basin, central Australia

The Australia New Zealand Sedimentology group (ANZsed) is a new informal network of sedimentologists affiliated with and linking to the sedimentology special interest groups of the Geological Society of Australia  and the Geoscience Society of New Zealand . Anyone with research interests in sediments and sedimentology in Australia, New Zealand, and the SW Pacific region are encouraged to make use of this website and to join our mailing list.

It is hoped that ANZsed will become the main focus point for all aspects of sedimentological research in the Oceania region. The aims of this network are to:
  • Promote communication and a sense of community between sedimentologists in the region, open to all people interested in sedimentology research (including academics, industry geologists, students, and amateurs);
  • Support and encourage young researchers (PhDs and post-docs) in sedimentology (for example through travel grants and awards);
  • Organise research meetings and field-based workshops, and to host gatherings and/or sedimentology sessions at local Earth Science meetings and conferences (e.g. ASEG, GSNZ);
  • Provide a resource-base focused on ANZ sedimentology through this website.
  Why Join our mailing list? We need members to make this community work!
  • It’s free!
  • It’s easy- you can sign-up at the bottom of this page.
  • If you wish to, you will receive email updates containing information about local meetings, news, opportunities, and student awards.
  • If you agree to it during membership sign-up, your name, position, research interests, and contact details will be added to our Sedimentologists Directory on a web page accessible only to members. This will help members access local expertise in a way that is presently either not easy, or possible.
  • Online access to field guides and presentations from meetings and workshops (available to members only).
  •  Access to our photo gallery of sediments and sedimentary rocks.
  • You will be able to post material to our blog and twitterstreams (via a moderator) which will act as a mechanism for communicating news and information relevant to sedimentology research in the region. If you’d like to contribute to this, please get in touch!

Comments (2)

  • Sloss Slossy


    PhD Opportunity (Aussie and NZ students only I am afraid)

    The Queensland University of Technology is offering Out of Round APA PhD Scholarships to DOMESTIC applicants who have Honours 1 or equivalence. Candidates are currently being accepted so if you or know of someone who may be interested please get in touch with me ASAP

    1. Sedimentology, stratigraphy, biostratigraphy and geochronology of contourite depositional systems in the Gulf of Cadiz: MIS7 to Holocene. Contact Dr. Craig Sloss.

    2. Diagenesis of Holocene coral reef systems: the role of submarine diagenesis in reef building and palaeoclimate analysis. Contact Dr. Luke Nothdurft,


  • Jutzeler


    Dear all,
    The University of Tasmania (Australia) is inviting applications for two PhD projects in submarine volcanology and sedimentology. Formal application deadline is mid-October, and candidates should contact me asap. The first project is based on the products of the deep submarine eruption of Havre in 2012 (Kermadec arc). The second project is based on consolidated samples from the IODP Expedition 350 in the IBM rear-arc, and may be linked to other past IODP expeditions.
    The candidate selection is highly competitive amongst the University, and we are seeking an applicant with at least one published article in a peer-reviewed journal.
    The student would be part of the dynamic Submarine Volcanism Group at the University of Tasmania, and would benefit from a large panel of experts in Earth Sciences in general. Geology and Oceanography at the University of Tasmania have received the maximum grade of 5 in the 2012 Australian ERA rankings (i.e., ‘well above world standard’). The Faculty hosts the world-class ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), and the Central Science Laboratory at the University of Tasmania has world-class geochemical instruments.

    Project 1:
    Sediment transport during and after the 2012 deep submarine eruption of the Havre volcano (Kermadec arc)
    Supervisors: Dr. Martin Jutzeler (U. Tasmania, Australia), Dr. Rebecca Carey (U. Tasmania, Australia) and A/Prof. James DL White (U. Otago, NZ).
    Very little is known on the transport and sedimentation processes occurring in association with deep submarine eruptions and their aftermaths. This project aims to: 1) Identify and characterise various syn- and post-eruptive sediment transport associated with the products of the 2012 deep submarine Havre eruption (Kermadec arc). Available data include exceptional ROV video footage, high-resolution bathymetry, and sediment samples collected during a cruise in 2015; 2) Reconstruct the general sedimentation pattern around the Havre volcano, including the various currents in the water column; 3) Analogue sedimentation experiments with mixed components in water tanks and flumes.

    Project 2:
    Provenance of volcaniclastic units from IODP 350 cores, and creation of a facies-based database for submarine volcaniclastic deposits
    Supervisors: Dr. Martin Jutzeler, Dr. Rebecca Carey, Prof. Ray Cas (U. Tasmania)
    In 2014, the IODP 350 expedition drilled at proximity of volcanic seamounts in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana rear-arc. This expedition was part of a huge investment from the international Earth science community to understand evolution of volcanic island arcs and formation of continental crust in a global perspective, and through three IODP expeditions. From the collected cores, there is a strong opportunity for outstanding and innovative research on submarine sedimentology and volcanology. IODP Expedition 350 recovered more than 1,800 m of in situ sediments from a volcano-bounded basin and a volcanic apron in the rear of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana arc, giving an exceptional proximal to distal record of submarine volcanic activity during the Miocene to the Quaternary. The cores used in this project would be multiple well-preserved, consolidated volcaniclastic deposits from the lower part of the hole (Units II to VII). This extensive dataset will provide an outstanding record of submarine explosive eruptions, providing temporal constrain on frequency and types of eruptions from underwater volcanoes. It will be the base of a global dataset for submarine volcanogenic facies. This project has large implications on transport and sedimentation processes during subaerial and submarine eruptions, style of submarine volcanism, provenance of sediments, eruption periodicity, etc. Additional research on samples from other IODP expeditions (126, 340) and possible onland deposits (e.g. USA, Japan) is likely.

    For interested applicants in either projects, please send your CV, with name and address of 1-2 referees to Martin Jutzeler at:
    With my best regards,
    Martin Jutzeler


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