Dr Julie V Rowland

DipTchg(Secondary)/Trained Teachers Certificate (Auckland College of Education), BSc(Hons) (University of Auckland), PhD (University of Otago)

Research | Current

My research centres on understanding how hot fluids move through the crust. Such fluids may be heated groundwater pregnant with precious metals, or molten rock from beneath or within the crust. I bring a structural geologist's perspective to this problem. My projects range from fundamental studies of continental break-up to applied structural geology of geothermal and epithermal systems. 

Project 1: Mineral Exploration Models Programme (funded through MBIE, New Zealand 2014-18)

New Zealand has a strong mining heritage with gold mining in particular helping to develop and support the New Zealand economy from the 1850s to the present. This newly-funded collaboration between Universities of Auckland, Waikato and Otago, and GNS Science, will carry out research on NZ's gold deposits to characterise features that can be used in mineral exploration to target and explore for new deposits. My research in this programme centers on identifiying vectors to mineralised structures at regional and deposit scale. I have partially-funded MSc thesis topics available to NZ domestic students from 2015 in relation to this programme - please contact me if you would like more information.

Project 2. How is the transfer of heat and mass localised in magmatic extensional provinces?

I have ongoing projects investigating structural and tectonic controls on the hydrothermal fluid flow in Indonesia, New Zealand, Chile and elsewhere. Although my expertise is structural geology, I work with geochemists, geophysicists, volcanologists and sedimentologists to address this question. 

Project 3. Fault-triggered landslides (funded through MBIE, 2017-2022)

The November 14 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake was exceptional for the number of faults ruptured, the amount of displacement on those faults (up to 11 m!), and for the huge landslides that were activated along the faults. I am working with researchers from GNS Science, Unviersity of Canterbury and University of Auckland to understand controls the distribution of fault-triggered landslides in time and space. As part of this project I am currently seeking a PhD candidate with strengths in structural geology, engineering geology and field mapping.

Teaching | Current

I teach introductory structural geology and tectonics in the undergraduate Earth Science programme and I contribute to a post graduate course targeting geothermal and mineral exploration, EARTHSCI703. 

Postgraduate supervision

Current postgraduate students

Ahmad Fauzi Ismayanto, PhD Project: Tectonic and structural controls on heat and mass transfer in West Java.

Mark Harvey, PhD Project: Soil Diffuse CO2 flux Survey at the Wairakei-Tauhara Geothermal System, New Zealand.

Irene Wallis, PhD Project: Models of the relationship between geology and permeability in high-temperature geothermal systems.


Areas of expertise

Crustal fault architecture, structural controls on hydrothermal fluid flow, applied structural geology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bahiru, E. A., Rowland, J. V., Eccles, J. D., & Kellett, R. L. (2019). Regional crustal-scale structural control on epithermal deposits within the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: insight from integrated geological and aeromagnetic structural patterns. NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS, 62 (4), 461-482. 10.1080/00288306.2019.1574268
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Eccles
  • Harvey, M., Rowland, J., Chiodini, G., Rissmann, C., Bloomberg, S., Fridriksson, T., & Oladottir, A. (2017). CO₂ flux geothermometer for geothermal exploration. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 213, 1-16. 10.1016/j.gca.2017.06.025
  • Hamling, I. J., Hreinsdottir, S., Clark, K., Elliott, J., Liang, C., Fielding, E., ... Wright, T. J. (2017). Complex multifault rupture during the 2016 Mᴡ 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake, New Zealand. SCIENCE, 356 (6334)10.1126/science.aam7194
  • Sanchez-Alfaro, P., Reich, M., Driesner, T., Cembrano, J., Arancibia, G., Perez-Flores, P., ... Lange, D. (2016). The optimal windows for seismically-enhanced gold precipitation in the epithermal environment. Ore Geology Reviews, 79, 463-473. 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2016.06.005
  • Wilson, C. J. N., & Rowland, J. V. (2016). The volcanic, magmatic and tectonic setting of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, reviewed from a geothermal perspective. Geothermics, 59, 168-187. 10.1016/j.geothermics.2015.06.013
  • Wilson, C. J., & Rowland, J. V. (2016). The volcanic, magmatic and tectonic setting of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, reviewed from a geothermal perspective. Geothermics, 59 (Part B), 168-187. 10.1016/j.geothermics.2015.06.013
  • Muirhead, J. D., Airoldi, G., White, J. D., & Rowland, J. V. (2014). Cracking the lid: Sill-fed dikes are the likely feeders of flood basalt eruptions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 406, 187-197. 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.08.036
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Muirhead
  • Downs, D. T., Wilson, C. J. N., Cole, J. W., Rowland, J. V., Calvert, A. T., Leonard, G. S., & Keall, J. M. (2014). Age and eruptive center of the Paeroa Subgroup ignimbrites (Whakamaru Group) within the Taupo Volcanic Zone of New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 126 (9-10), 1131-1144. 10.1130/B30891.1

Contact details

Office hours

Please contact Samantha Huang (s.huang@auckland.ac.nz) if you would like to make an appointment to see me.

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 6, Room 629
New Zealand