Emeritus Professor Cam S. Nelson

Cam Nelson

Emeritus Professor

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

  • Pittari, A., Lowe, D. J., Hendy, C. H., Nelson, C. S., & Neall, V. E. (2020). Ian Devereux MSc, PhD, FNZIC, AMAusIMM (1940-2020) - geoscientist and founder of Rocklabs. In Geoscience Society of New Zealand Newsletter (Vol. 31, pp. 56-59). Geoscience Society of New Zealand. Open Access version:

  • 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.

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]