Associate Professor Martin Brook

BSc (Hons) Salf., M.E. UNSW, PhD Dund., CGeol FGS, MEngNZ

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Associate Professor


Programme Director, Master of Engineering Geology (MEngGeol)

First part of career was at Massey University (Quaternary geology), then private sector geology in Australia and the Middle East, including Carnarvon Basin in WA, Bowen and Surat Basins in QLD. Large part of career since 2012 has been in civil and mining sectors (surface and underground) in Hunter Valley and QLD, and tunneling projects in Perth (Forestfield-Airport Link) Sydney (Sydney Metro, NorthConnex, WestConnex), Melbourne Metro. Other major site investigations include RAAF Tindal extension (Katherine, NT), and in UAE. Experience includes both intrusive investigations as well as surface and borehole geophysics, and airborne. 

Chartered Geologist (CGeol) available for consulting and expert witness work.

Research | Current


Erionite and asbestiforms: geological provenance, geochemistry and toxicity

Mine and tunnel engineering geology

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in one of these topics under my supervision, the University may offer Doctoral scholarships to applicants with GPE of 8.0 or above.



2020-2024 MBIE Endeavour $8.8m - Assessing and managing the risk of carcinogenic erionite in New Zealand

2020-2022 RSNZ Catalyst Seed funding - Erionite-causing cancer in New Zealand: developing research capacity to limit exposure and deaths

2018-2021 Perpetual Guardian Planet Earth Trust (PI Jen Eccles) - Low hazard but High Risk: Investigating Potential Seismic Sources in Auckland 

EQC 2019-2022 Delineation of landslide hazard in a vulnerable city (with Jon Tunnicliffe, Murry Cave)

EQC 2018-2019 Biennial Award UAV/LiDAR monitoring of Auckland landslides (with Jon Tunicliffe)

MBIE Research Programme 2018-2022 Earthquake-induced landslides and landscape dynamics: planning for, and avoiding landslide hazard and risk (led by C. Massey) 

MBIE 2015-2019 Leveraging aggregate resources (led by D. Wilson) 


Teaching | Current

Programme Director, Masters of Engineering Geology (MEngGeol)

EARTHSCI 220 Practice in Earth Sciences 1 

EARTHSCI 262 Geomorphology

EARTHSCI 372 Engineering Geology (coordinator)

CIVIL 726 Engineering Geology (coordinator)

EARTHSCI 771 Advanced Engineering Geology (coordinator)

EARTHSCI 772 Hydrogeology 

EARTHSCI 708 Research Topic in Earth Sciences.

Postgraduate supervision



Janki Patel - Erionite occurrence and characteristics in New Zealand rocks (with Dr Melanie Kah; funded by MBIE / UoA doctoral scholarship)

Matt Cook - InSAR of land stability in northeastern New Zealand (with Dr Murry Cave, Dr Jon Tunnicliffe; funded by EQC)

Caleb Gasston - Coseismic landsliding associated with the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake (with A/P Julie Rowland; Chris Massey, GNS; funded by MBIE) 


Chris Struthers - Engineering geology of coastal slope failures at Orere Point

Adil Hameed - Investigation of pit slope failure at Maramarua open-cast mine (AusIMM scholar)

David Alama - Investigation of the 2020 Richardson Avenue landslide, Gisborne

Jivyde Despojo - Engineering geology of the Pamoa earthflow, east coast

Navneel Karan - Shallow landsliding process-mechanics in Kawakaway Bay



Arishma Ram - Landslides on Viti Levu, Fiji (2020) (with Prof. Shane Cronin; funded by MFAT/NZ Aid)

Rob Dykes - Monitoring seismicity of Tasman Glacier (2013), MU Top Achiever PhD scholarship, Dean List

Clare Robertson - Sub-bottom 'CHIRP' profiling of glacial lakes (2013), Sasakawa Foundation, Japan

John Appleby - Structure and deformation of alpine glaciers (2012), MU Top Achiever PhD scholarship


Ranjana Kaith - Shrink-swell issues in Auckland (with Nick Richards UoA; Nick Rogers, Tonkin & Taylor) 

Janki Patel - SEM, TEM, Raman and XRD of zeolite in Auckland

Hemanshu Soma - Engineering geophysical investigation of stop banks in Waikato and Bay of Plenty (with G Brierley)

Alex Leighton - Engineering rock slope stability of basalt cliffs in urban Auckland

Matt Strain – Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) of coseismic landslides

William Mansell – Engineering geology and slope deformation at Maramarua open cut coal mine

Quin Sorenson -Engineering slope stability investigation of Awakino Gorge

Vivek Vaidya - UAV monitoring of landslides in the Auckland region

James Stringer - Slope stability along SH1 during the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery (NCTIR)

Rosie Garrill - UAV assessment and monitoring of landslides (with Nick Richards)

Pius Yote - Engineering geology of the Te Kopia escarpment (with Jan Lindsay and Kathy Campbell)

Hui Qiao - Groundwater drawdown and ground settlement in Auckland region (with Ross Roberts, Auckland Council)

Lance Cowan - Engineering geological characterisation and fracturing of Hunua greywacke

Noah Gulick - Engineering geology of the Wallis Road Slip, Gisborne (with Murry Cave, Gisborne District Council)

Kathryn Ryder - UAV, Sirovision and FracMan modeling of coastal slope stability in Auckland

Sam McGovern - Engineering geology of the Mangapoike landsldie, Gisborne

Ben Fleetwood - Engineering geology of early Miocene East Coast Bays Formation

Caleb Gasston - Delineating Auckland faults with gravity and borehole data (with A/Prof. Jan Lindsay)

Tom Rishworth - Numerical modelling of debris flows in Coromandel (with Jon Tunnicliffe, UoA; Brian McArdell, Swiss Federal Institute, Zurich)

Joanna Gaset - Settlement modelling of Waterview Tunnel (with Sian France & Ann Willaims, Beca; Ross Roberts, Auckland Council) *won School of Environment MSc thesis award

David Bevan - Engineering geology of Ohuka landslide, Port Waikato (with Jon Tunnicliffe, UoA; Warwick Prebble

Erin Nolan - Slope deposits on Mt Ruapehu

Stephanie Mandolla - Sedimentology of Wahianoa deposits, Mt Ruapehu

John Appleby - Structural geology of Fox Glacier

Heather Purdie - Climate and dynamics of Fox Glacier

Celeste Milnes - Hazard perception at Mt Ruapehu ski fields


Ryan Lewis - Geological Strength Index (GSI) of the Vera Rubin Ridge, Mars

Emma O'Brien - Orere Point slope stability using UAV

Jesse Merkel - Engineering geology and numerical modeling of the Kawakawa Bay landslide

Berrick Fitzsimons - Engineering assessment of the coseismic Seafront Slip, Clarence

Shanshan Lui - Geophysical investigation of Kepa Road landslide, Orakei

Liam Green- Liquefaction modeling in South Auckland (with Barry O'Conner)

Zaid Rana - Shore hardness of East Coast Bays Formation

Alex Parma -  Engineering geological assessment of Sunkist Bay landslide using UAV (with Jon Tunnicliffe, Nick Richards)

Max Davis - Engineering rock mass assessment of East Coast Bays Formation slopes

Rob Dykes - Bathymetric survey of Tasman Lake


Geoscience Society of New Zealand Alan Mason Award 2019

Kerry Worthington Award, University of Salford (UK) 1997

Employee of the year 2014 -Business Development, Moultrie Group (Australia)


Head of Earth Science

Areas of expertise

Engineering geology, coastal landslides, slope instability and landslides, engineering geophysics, mine geology/geotech, erionite and asbestiforms

Standard 11 Mining Induction Surface & Underground; Queensland Coal Board Medical; Confined Space Entrance certification

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Brook, M. S., Black, P. M., Salmond, J., Dirks, K. N., Berry, T.-A., & Steinhorn, G. (2020). Erionite in Auckland bedrock and malignant mesothelioma: an emerging public and occupational health hazard?. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133 (1518), 73-78. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond, Kim Dirks
  • Brook, M. S., Hebblewhite, B., & Mitra, R. (2020). Coal mine roof rating (CMRR), rock mass rating (RMR) and strata control: Carborough Downs Mine, Bowen Basin, Australia. International Journal of Mining Science and Technology, 30 (2), 225-234. 10.1016/j.ijmst.2020.01.003
  • Brook, M., Black, P. M., Salmond, J., Dirks, K. N., Berry, T.-A., & Steinhorn, G. (2019). Exposure to erionite: health effects and implications for geotechnical risk management in the New Zealand construction sector. New Zealand Geomechanics News, 98, 78-81. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond, Kim Dirks
  • Brink, G. E., & Brook, M. (2019). A note on sample drying method and natural moisture content of tropical red soils from the Republic of the Congo. GEOTECHNICAL AND GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 38 (2), 2327-2334. 10.1007/s10706-019-01108-4
  • Ram, A. R., Brook, M. S., & Cronin, S. J. (2019). Engineering geomorphological investigation of the Kasavu landslide, Viti Levu, Fiji. Landslides, 16 (7), 1341-1351. 10.1007/s10346-019-01191-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shane Cronin
  • Brook, M. S. (2019). Engineering geophysics and the 2017 New Zealand Ground Investigation Specification guidelines. Engineering Geology, 252, 164-167. 10.1016/j.enggeo.2019.02.017
  • Brook, M. S., & Merkle, J. (2019). Monitoring active landslides in the Auckland region utilising UAV/structure-from-motion photogrammetry. Japanese Geotechnical Society Special Publication, 6 (2), 1-6. 10.3208/jgssp.v06.GIZ01
  • Ram, A. R., Brook, M. S., & Cronin, S. J. (2019). Engineering characteristics of soils prone to rainfall-induced slope failure in Viti Levu, Fiji. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 52 (3), 336-345.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shane Cronin


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Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 7, Room 713
New Zealand

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