A structural geologist who has worked as a visiting professor at two South Island universities will be giving the talk later this month to the AusIMM Nelson Discussion group.
Prof Francesca Ghisetti who graduated as a geologist from Catania University in Italy and undertook post graduate studies in the United States, France and the United Kingdom, moved to New Zealand and was visiting professor at Otago University and adjunct professor at Canterbury University.
The AusIMM said her research and consulting work focused on inversion tectonics in the South Island and Taranaki Basin, structural analysis of the subduction margin, and the seismo-tectonic setting of the Canterbury earthquake sequence.
She will speak to the Nelson Discussion Group on the evening of Friday September 14 at Richmond Library Constance Barnicoat Room, 280 Queen St Richmond.
Her subject matter will take in the subsurface structure of the Moutere Depression, including part of the Waimea-Flaxmore Fault System in the Nelson-Richmond urban area.
This will cover data and interpretations of an ongoing collaborative research aimed at improving knowledge of local seismic sources and the dating of fault activity.
Re-interpretation of existing subsurface data, together with geological mapping of new exposures and morpho-tectonic mapping has been used to analyse the 3D geological structure in the depression.
A fault system has been identified as needing further investigation, given increased housing development in the area.