Dr Beth Fox

Beth Fox

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: MA (Hons), BSc (Hons), PhD

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Pearson, Andrew (in progress). Environmental archives of past soil carbon dynamics: resolving the DOC controversy. (chief supervisor Adam Hartland)
  • Yousefzadeh, Elham (in progress). Understanding diverse eruption and emplacement processes from a Giant Pyroclastic Flow: the 1.23 Ma Ongatiti Ignimbrite, Taupo Volcanic Zone. (chief supervisor Adrian Pittari)


  • Patterson, Kelli (in progress).

MSc (Research)

  • Bates, Noel (in progress).
  • Douie, Andrew (in progress).
  • Garrity, Francis (in progress).
  • Murphy, Caitlyn (in progress).
  • Harpur, Alex (submitted). Anthropogenic influences on the sedimentary evolution of Coromandel Harbour. (chief supervisor Willem de Lange)
  • MacPherson, David (2016). An integrated stratigraphy of Tauranga Harbour.
  • Mullane, Kevin (2016). A geophysical study of the Kellyville and Onewhero Maar craters in the South Auckland Volcanic Field. (chief supervisor Adrian Pittari)

Research Interests

I have a range of research interests in the broad field of sedimentology and palaeoclimatology. My work is particularly focussed on using high-resolution sediment archives (in particular lake sediments) to reconstruct past environmental and climatic variation. I use a number of tools for this work, including environmental and palaeomagnetism, sedimentary facies analysis, palaeobotanical techniques and time-series analysis.

Recent Publications

  • Yousefzadeh, E., Pittari, A., Lowe, D. J., & Fox, B. R. S. (2018). Paleotopography and internal facies variation of the 1.2 Ma Ongatiti Ignimbrite (New Zealand): dispersal of a giant pyroclastic flow over a variable landscape. In The 36th National and the 3rd International Geosciences Congress. Conference held in Tehran-Iran.

  • Jones, D. A., Wilson, G. S., Gorman, A. R., Fox, B. R. S., Lee, D. E., & Kaulfuss, U. (2017). A drill-hole calibrated geophysical characterisation of the 23 Ma Foulden Maar stratigraphic sequence, Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 60(4), 465-477. doi:10.1080/00288306.2017.1369130

  • Spinardi, F., Campbell, B. R., Moon, V. G., Pittari, A., Fox, B. R. S., & de Lange, W. P. (2017). Unravelling fault structures of the Hamilton Basin. In G. J. Alexander, & C. Y. Chin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th New Zealand Geotechnical Society Symposium (pp. 121-128). Conference held at Napier Conference Centre, Napier, New Zealand.

  • De Lange, W. P., Fox, B. R. S., & Moon, V. G. (2017). Why does Tauranga Harbour exist?. In New Zealand Coastal Society – Te Hunga Takutai o Aotearoa Annual Conference: Changing Coasts/Papaki kau ana nga tai o Mauao (pp. 66). Conference held in Tauranga Moana, New Zealand. Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: EF.1.03
Phone: +64 7 838 4520