NEW INITIATIVES FOR GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION IN NEW ZEALAND
ES3cAPe is designed for U.S. study abroad students to come to New Zealand and experience a 5 week field camp with a research component that leads into a semester at the University of Auckland. The field camp is divided into modules that expose students to an array of environmental case studies and issues that are regional in scale but national and global in their application. For example, one of the modules combines volcanic stratigraphy, structural geology, environmental geochemistry, hydrology, and environmental economics and politics to tackle issues surrounding a superfund-like contamination site where a lake on indigenous Maori land has been in-filled by pulp and paper waste. This multidisciplinary education model underpins a proposal to establish a new Earth Science major at the University of Auckland. These initiatives recognize that the environmental problems faced by modern society require a multidisciplinary research approach, but channels that attitude into efforts to prepare students for a broad range of academic, commercial and/or government careers in a world where geoscience issues will become central to maintenance of a healthy society.