Emeritus Professor of Geology, University of Otago
Richard (Rick) Sibson was raised in Auckland, NZ, and graduated BSc Hons (1st Class) in Geology from the University of Auckland in 1968. He then gained an MSc from Imperial College, London, followed by a PhD researching the structure of the Outer Hebrides Thrust zone in NW Scotland. His research focuses on the structure of crustal fault zones and the mechanics of shallow crustal earthquakes with subsidiary interests in crustal fluid flow and structural controls affecting the development of fault-hosted mineralisation. He is author or co-author of over 100 research papers and has been a contributor of short courses to the mineral industry and academia around the world. He was awarded the Distinguished Research Medal of the University of Otago in 2003, and was made a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Auckland in 2010. In 2010, he received the Wollaston Medal from the Geological Society of London. In 2011 he received the Career Contribution Award from the Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America.