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Emeritus Professor Vince Neall

Emeritus Professor Vince Neall

IAE, Massey University


Vince Neall
Vince Neall

Vince Neall is Professor in Earth Science at Massey University, Palmerston North. He graduated with BSc(Hons.) and PhD in Geology from Victoria University of Wellington, where he completed work in Antarctica and in the lower North Island of New Zealand. His research interests have centred around Quaternary stratigraphy and volcanology. This has involved him in numerous volcanic stratigraphy projects, understanding lahars (volcanic mudflows and debris flows) and tephras (volcanic fall deposits), and volcanic hazard appraisals. Along with former PhD student Brent Alloway he has prepared a volcanic hazard map of Taranaki, and has led a team of students in preparing a lahar hazard map for Ruapehu. His current interests are in infrastructural vulnerability to volcanic hazards in New Zealand, interpreting the volcanic history of andesitic stratovolcanoes, volcanic stratigraphy of deposits containing a long record (40 ka) of human history in Papua New Guinea, the history of Lopevi Volcano in Vanuatu, and interpreting the history of Mangere Island in the Chatham Islands.

Currently Vince is a Senior Adviser to the planned International Year of Planet Earth, a member of the EQC Research Committee, and a member of the scientific advisory committee to the Robert Bruce Trust. He is past President of the Geological Society of New Zealand and a former Hochstetter Lecturer and McKay Hammer awardee. In 1997 he was awarded a New Zealand Science and Technology Medal for his contribution to the Earth Sciences. In 2000 he was the Norman Taylor Lecturer of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science and is also a Fellow of the Society. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2009, Vince was elected a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2013 Vince was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Tertiary education

  • 1973
  • PhD Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1968
  • BSc(Hons.) Geology (First Class), Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2000
  • Norman Taylor Memorial Award of the NZ Society of Soil Science
  • 1997
  • Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Award
  • NZ Science and Technology Bronze Medal
  • 1995
  • Fellow of the NZ Society of Soil Science
  • 1991
  • Fellow of the Geological Society of America
  • 1981
  • Geological Society of New Zealand, Hochstetter Lecturer
  • Geological Society of New Zealand, McKay Hammer Award
  • 1980
  • CA Cotton Memorial Lecture
  • 1974
  • NZ Soil Science Society Postgraduate Award
  • Fulbright/Hays Travel Award for study with volcanic hazards project, US Geological Survey, Denver Colorado and University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • 1968
  • Cotton Prize, Victoria University of Wellington
  • NZ Government Postgraduate Scolarship

Employment Record

  • 2004-
  • Professor, Massey University
  • 1973-03
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Assoc Professor, Massey University
  • 1968-73
  • Junior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1967-68
  • Geologist, Antarctic Division, DSIR

Other Information

  • Produced the volcanic hazards map for Taranaki and Ruapehu
  • Member of The Science Centre & Manawatu Museum Trust Board (1993-99)
  • Member of 6 review panels for FRST
  • Member of Taranaki Regional Council's Egmont Scientific Advisory Group
  • Convenor of Volcanic Hazards Working Group for MoCD (1989-99)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee to MoCD (1989-98)