Shanna Law - “Research and Presenting at a Conference”


Shanna Law

Shanna has travelled from the USA to study for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  When she’s not studying she likes to hike, paint and read.



“My maps showed that there was a direct correlation between the different rocks exposed at the site, the soil chemisty, and the distribution of the plants.”

We used my data to argue that mine operations should incorporate diverse landscapes and soils during remediation in order to support diverse plants and thus increase biodiversity. Many current mine remediation ends up leaving a site flat and only planting grass or a few kinds of trees.

I had to write a few reports about my findings, but I also made a poster and presented it at mining conference that was luckily held right here in the city of Dunedin.


“Even though I was extraordinarily nervous to speak to professional geologists at a conference, it was also really exciting.”