Dr Tanya O'Neill
Qualifications: BSc, MSc (first class honors) Massey, PhD Waikato
Personal Website: https://tanyaoneill.org
I am an environmental soil scientist whose main research focus is understanding the impacts of human activities on Antarctic terrestrial environments. I have conducted research in Alaska, the Tibetan Plateau, Vanuatu, PNG, and the Chatham Islands. I've had 10 trips to Antarctica: including two for my PhD on human impacts on the soil environment, one to the Antarctic Peninsula as a field assistant with the Spanish Antarctic Programme, two downloading a network of soil climate stations, one installation a new soil climate station, and my first trip, to run a marathon on the continent.
I am currently involved in a multidisciplinary project characterising the environment around Scott Base, Antarctica, as a baseline against which any environmental effects of base redevelopment can be measured. I have been awarded a Marsden fast start to investigate whether penguin mounds serve as natural archives of anthropogenic contamination in remote Antarctic environments.
When not working, I like to travel, and spend a lot of time outside, cycling, hiking, scuba-diving, and fishing.
As a senior lecturer I contribute to a number of Soil and Environmental Science papers including: Introduction to Earth System Sciences (EARTH101), Environmental Monitoring (ENVSC201), Land and Evaluation (EARTH502), and I am the course coordinator for both Soil Science (EARTH221) and Soil and Water Management (EARTH322).
MSc (Research) (chief or committee member)
- Priscilla Lad (in progress). Utility of the DUALEM sensor to quantify spatial variation of hydrological processes in forested systems (co-supervised with Mike Clearwater (UW) and Dean Meason, SCION).
- Dau Zetang Hawng (in progress). Distribution of trace elements at Kukutāruhe Gully, Hamilton, New Zealand (co-supervised with Reece Hill, Landsystems).
- Caitlin Holm (in progress). Arsenic contamination from different types of sheep dips.
- Wayne Hofmann (2022). Pasture and irrigation modelling for improved productive and environmental outcomes.
- Olivia Adamson (2021). The role of mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) riparian plantings in the mitigation of diffuse agricultural nitrogen.
- Emily McKay (2020). Soil quality effects of different intensity maize cultivations (full, strip till, and no-till).
- Annette Carshalton (2019). Soil climate and active layer depth monitoring, and relationship to regional climate drivers, Ross Sea Region, Antarctica
- Jamie Millar (2018) Changes in soil C and N stocks due to irrigation of pumice soils (Chief supervisor Louis Schipper)
- Olivia Petrie (2017). Temperature and moisture sensitivity of soil microbes in adjacent irrigated and non-irrigated soils.
- Jasmine Robinson (2016). Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration (Chief supervisor Louis Schipper)
BSc/BScTech placements and graduate and undergraduate research projects
- Madison Farrant (2022). Acid mine drainage, Tararu Valley, Hauraki (SCIEN589 co-supervised with Megan Grainger).
- Louise McKain (2022). Work placement report: Core logging geologist at OceanaGold Corporation (SCIEN371-21X science work placement with OceanaGold).
- Madison Farrant (2021). Analysis of heavy metal contamination in Tararu Stream from historic mining of the Hauraki Goldfield, New Zealand (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Megan Grainger).
- Svenja David (2021). Microplastic occurrence in kororā (Eudyptula minor) faeces at Mount Maunganui (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Joanne Ellis).
- Leeza Speranskaya (2021). Redox poising of bioreactors to reduce pollution swapping (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Dorisel Torres-Rojas).
- Charlotte Ferrier-Kerr (2020). The efficiency of different functional materials in adsorbing nitrate (NO3-) from contaminated water solutions (SCIEN303 co-supervised with Dorisel Torres-Rojas).
- Iris Ronald (2020). The effect of cultivation intensity on soil microbial respiration (SCIEN303).
- Joshua Hughes (2019). Evaluating the Arable Mark version 1 pasture probe (SCIE371-19C work placement with Grant Anderson, LIC).
- Sultana Shah (2019). Nitrogen leaching and greenhouse gas emissions from intensively grazed pastures in the Waikato region, New Zealand (SCIEN589).
- Renata Sawyer (2019). The effect of kiwifruit copper sprays on soil microbial respiration in two contrasting allophanic and gley soils, Waikato region, New Zealand (SCIEN303).
- Liam Crockett-Swanson (2019). Winter cover crops to reduce herbicide inputs and maintain maize yields (SCIEN271-18C science work placement with AgResearch).
Soil and environmental science, especially impacts of human activities on the Antarctic terrestrial environment, local and regional scale impacts and rates of soil recovery. These interests expand to both native and arable land systems in New Zealand, and in particular how land use change impacts soil quality, soil health and soil contamination.
Pedology, Antarctic soils and environmental impacts.
- P Roudier, TA O'Neill, P Almond, C Poirot (2022). Soil priorities for Antarctica Geoderma Regional. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geodrs.2022.e00499
- AG Carshalton, MR Balks, TA O'Neill, KR Bryan, CA Seybold (2022).Climatic influences on active layer depth between 2000 and 2018 in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Geoderma Regional. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geodrs.2022.e00497
- O’Neill, T.A., Verret, M., Anderson, A. (2021). New Zealand. In: Stockton, E.J., Burn, C.R., Nelson, F.E., and Humphries, J. (eds.) 2021. Country Reports 2020: Reports from the Adhering Bodies of the International Permafrost Association. International Permafrost Association
(IPA). DOI: 10.52381/CR.2020.1
- Neall, Vincent, Lucy McGee, Michael Turner, Tanya O’Neill, Anke Zernack, and J. Stephen Athens. 2021. Geochemical fingerprinting of Holocene tephras in the Willaumez Isthmus District of West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In From Field to Museum—Studies from Melanesia in Honour of Robin Torrence, ed. Jim Specht, Val Attenbrow, and Jim Allen. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum Online 34: 5–24. https://doi.org/10.3853/j.1835-4211.34.2021.1740
- Díaz-Puente, F. J., Schmid, T., Pelayo, M., Rodríguez-Rastrero, M., Herraiz, M. S., O'Neill, T., & López-Martínez, J. (2020). Abiotic factors influencing soil microbial activity in the northern Antarctic Peninsula region. Science of The Total Environment, 750, 141602. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141602
- C Smith, H Chau, ST Carrick, J Van Dijk, MR Balks, TA O'Neill (2020). Learning by doing is more memorable: The practice of pedagogically aligned learning in soil science in New Zealand. Catena Soil Sciences, Schweizerbart Science Publishers.
- Brooks, S.T., Tejedo, P., & O'Neill, T.A. (2019). Insights on the environmental impacts associated with visible disturbance of ice-free ground in Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 31(6), 304-314. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102019000440
- Schipper, L. A., Petrie, O. J., O’Neill, T. A., Mudge, P. L., Liáng, L. L., Robinson, J. M., & Arcus, V. L. (2019). Shifts in temperature response of soil respiration between adjacent irrigated and non-irrigated grazed pastures. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 285, 106620. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2019.106620
- O'Neill, T.A. (2017). Protection of Antarctic soil environments: A review of the current issues and future challenges for the Environmental Protocol
Environmental Science and Policy, 76, 153-164. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.017
- Robinson, J.M.; O’Neill, T.A.; Ryburn, J.; Liang L.L., Arcus, V.L.; & Schipper L.A (2017). Rapid laboratory measurement of the temperature dependence of soil respiration and application to changes in three diverse soils through the year. Biogeochemistry. doi: 10.1007/s10533-017-0314-0
- Schmid, T., López-Martínez, J., Guillaso, S., Serrano, E., D'Hondt, O., Koch, M., ...O’Neill, T & Maestro, A. (2016). Geomorphological mapping of ice-free areas using polarimetric RADARSAT-2 data on Fildes Peninsula and Ardley Island, Antarctica. Geomorphology. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.09.031
- Balks, M. R., & O’Neill, T. A. (2016). Soil and permafrost in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica: stable or dynamic?. Cuadernos de Investigación Geográfica. p. 415-434. doi: 10.18172/cig.2923
- O'Neill, T. A., Balks, M. R., & López-Martínez, J. (2014). Ross Island recreational walking tracks: relationships between soil physiochemical properties and track usage. Polar Record. doi:10.1017/S0032247414000400
- O'Neill, T. A., Balks, M., Stevenson, B., Lopez-Martinez, J., Aislabie, J. M., & Rhodes, P. (2013). The short-term effects of surface soil disturbance on soil bacterial community structure at an experimental site near Scott Base, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 36(7), 985-996. doi:10.1007/s00300-013-1322-8
- O'Neill, T. A., Balks, M. R., & Lopez-Martinez, J. (2013). Visual recovery of desert pavement surfaces following impacts from vehicle and foot traffic in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 25(4), 514-530. doi:10.1017/s0954102012001125
- O'Neill, T. A., Balks, M. R., & Lopez-Martinez, J. (2013). The effectiveness of Environmental Impact Assessments on visitor activity in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica.. In Lundmark, L, Lemelin, R,Müller, D., D. K. Muller, L. Lundmark, & R. H. Lemelin (Eds.), New Issues in Polar Tourism: Communities, Environments, Politics (pp. 87-110). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5884-1_6
- O'Neill, T. A., Balks, M. R., Lopez-Martinez, J., & McWhirter, J. L. (2012). A method for assessing the physical recovery of Antarctic desert pavements following human-induced disturbances: a case study in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.. Journal of Environmental Management, 112, 415-428. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.08.008
- Hayward, B. W., Kawagata, S., Grenfell, H. R., Sabaa, A. T., & O'Neill, T. A. (2008). The last global extinction in the deep sea. Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies Transactions, 58, 355-361
- O'Neill, T. A., Hayward, B. W., Kawagata, S., Sabaa, A. T., & Grenfell, H. R. (2007). Pleistocene extinctions of deep-sea benthic foraminifera: The south Atlantic record. Palaeontology, 50(5), 1073-1102. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2007.00702.x
- Hayward, B. W., Kawagata, S., Grenfell, H. R., Sabaa, A. T., & O'Neill, T. (2007). Last global extinction in the deep sea during the mid-Pleistocene climate transition. Paleoceanography, 22(3), 14 pages. doi:10.1029/2007PA001424
- O'Neill, T. A., & Hayward, B. W. (2004). Benthic foraminiferal record of the Middle Pleistocene climate transition in the South Atlantic Ocean. Geological Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 117A. p. 78.. Geological Society of New Zealand, Miscellaneous Publication 117A.
Roudier, P., O'Neill, T. A., Almond, P., & Poirot, C. (2022). Soil priorities for Antarctica. Geoderma Regional, 29, e00499. doi:10.1016/j.geodrs.2022.e00499 Open Access version: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/14817
Carshalton, A. G., Balks, M. R., O'Neill, T. A., Bryan, K. R., & Seybold, C. A. (2022). Climatic influences on active layer depth between 2000 and 2018 in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Geoderma Regional, 29, 9 pages. doi:10.1016/j.geodrs.2022.e00497
Neall, V., McGee, L., Turner, M., O’Neill, T., Zernack, A., & Athens, J. S. (2021). Geochemical fingerprinting of Holocene tephras in the Willaumez Isthmus District of West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In From Field to Museum—Studies from Melanesia in Honour of Robin Torrence, ed. Jim Specht, Val Attenbrow, and Jim Allen. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum online, 34, 5-24. doi:10.3853/j.1835-4211.34.2021.1740
O'Neill, T., Verret, M., & Anderson, J. (2021). New Zealand: Country Reports 2020: Reports from the Adhering Bodies of the International Permafrost Association. International Permafrost Association (IPA). doi:10.52381/CR.2020.1
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