Emeritus Professor Cam S. Nelson

Cam Nelson

Emeritus Professor (Earth Sciences)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Well PhD Auck FRSNZ

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Have been involved in the supervision of 142 completed MSc and PhD degrees in Earth Sciences, with current co-supervision of:


Jared Jiang - Pliocene limestones, Wairoa

Michael Tayler - Paleocene stratigraphy, eastern North Island

Anna Lawless - Glauconite deposits, Chatham Rise

Danielle Rogers - Carbonate sedimentation, East Northland shelf

Research Interests

Professor Nelson's current research fields are:

  1. Applications of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes in sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoclimatology and paleoceanography, especially in the Neogene and Quaternary periods;
  2. Sedimentology and diagenesis of nontropical carbonates and limestones; and
  3. Cenozoic geology of North Island, New Zealand, especially South Auckland/King Country and East Coast Basins.

Recent Publications

  • Nelson, C. S., Lowe, D. J., & Tonkin, P. J. (2015). The working life of John McCraw (1925-2014): a remarkable New Zealand pedologist and Earth scientist.]. Geosciences Society of New Zealand Journal of the Historical Studies Group, 50, 2-29. Open Access version:

  • Macpherson, D. J., Battershill, C. N., & Nelson, C. S. (2013). Marine reserve resilience in response to sedimentation. In Joint Conference for the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society, New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and the Australian Society for Fish Biology: Aquatic Science at the Interface. Conference held at Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Caron, V., Nelson, C. S., & Kamp, P. J. J. (2012). Linkages between tapho-diagenesis and sequence stratigraphy in cool-water limestones from a Pliocene forearc seaway, New Zealand. In S. Morad, J. M. Ketzer, & L. F. De Ros (Eds.), Linking Diagenesis to Sequence Stratigraphy (pp. 445-476). U.K.: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Nelson, C., & Hendy, C. (2012). Cenozoic Carbonates and Caves - Field Trip Guide. In Geoscience Society of New Zealand 2012 Conference. Conference held at University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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