Researcher biography

I am a coastal geomorphologist who focuses on the morphodynamics of coastal and coral reef systems, or more specifically, the nature of change in coastal geomorphology and the processes responsible for driving such change. This research is conducted on multiple temporal and spatial scales from short-term surf zone processes to the reconstruction of paleo sea levels and coral reef evolution. A major strength of my research is its multidisciplinary nature, encompassing elements of surf science, beach morphodynamics, spatial ecology, and marine geology in combination with effective and novel use of GIS analysis, hydrographic and topographic surveying, high-resolution surf zone measurement, and computer modelling of hydrodynamic processes and geomorphic change. The goal of my research is to produce holistic models of coastal and coral reef response to changing environmental conditions in order to better inform management and planning of our coasts. My work has taken me to some beautiful places in the world with current research field sites including French Polynesian reefs, NSW beaches, the Bahamas, and The Great Barrier Reef.

Before coming to The University of Queensland I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in Coral Reef Morphodynamics and was an Associate Lecturer in Marine Geoscience. I also spent over two years in Germany working at the Sea Level and Coastal Changes group at the Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and Center for Marine Environmental Science (MARUM) at The University of Bremen. Perhaps equally importantly I grew up on the beaches of the east coast of Australia, I am a surfer and diver, and I have a personal and professional passion for beaches, reefs, surf, and the ocean.