Who we are
Meet your Perth, WA Hub Coordinators
I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA), following research and teaching positions at UWA and the University of Melbourne. I received my PhD in the field of experimental fluid dynamics, jointly from UWA and Edith Cowan University (ECU). Prior to my postgraduate studies, I worked for 5 years as a dam engineer and fluid mechanics expert. As such, my area of specialisation rests in the field of fluid dynamics, with a particular focus on turbulence, mixing, flow-roughness interactions, coastal processes and sediment transport in both steady and wave-driven flows. My current research projects focus on how bed large roughness (e.g. seagrasses, corals, mangroves, etc) alter flow, turbulence and mixing in coastal and riverine systems.
Arnold is a coastal engineer / oceanographer and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Australia. His current research focuses on better understanding coastal hazard reduction provided by marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, kelp forests and seagrass, and he aims to use experimental findings to improve coastal engineering models such as XBeach. Prior to joining UWA, Arnold worked at Dutch applied research institute Deltares as coastal engineer/researcher as well as local representative in Australia.
Meet your Canberra, Act Hub Coordinators
Tom Oliver is a coastal geographer interested in all aspects of coastal science from the late Quaternary to present-day processes. He has conducted research in many coastal locations around Australia and has a special interest in sandy coastal plains which preserve past shoreline behaviour, past coastal processes and palaeoclimatic signatures.
Meet your Hamilton, NZ Hub Coordinator
Joshua Sargent is an environmental scientist and second year PhD candidate at the University of Waikato. The goal of his research is to understand decision making concepts associated with coastal flooding hazards in rural areas using hydrodynamic and socio-hydrological modelling techniques. His chief supervisor is Professor Karin Bryan and his research is funded by a National Science Challenge associated with resilience to natural hazards. Prior to his studies in New Zealand, Joshua worked for three years as an environmental planner/GIS analyst for a local government environmental agency in the United States. He currently holds a MSc and BSc in Environmental Science and Management from the University of Rhode Island.
Meet your Melbourne, VIC Hub Coordinators
Alberto Meucci holds the position of Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ocean Wave Modelling in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Melbourne. He completed his studies in Civil Engineering in Europe and graduated with a PhD at the University of Melbourne in Ocean Engineering. His PhD topic was “Wind-wave extremes in a changing climate from atmosphere and wave model ensembles”.
He is now working on the production of CMIP6-forced global wind-wave climate model ensemble together with CSIRO. Alberto is interested in global statistics of ocean wave height and wind speed extremes. His research interest focuses at evaluating the impact of climate change on coastal and offshore human activities, with an additional interest in ocean observation from space.
Marzieh has recently graduated from her PhD studies in ocean engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her PhD research was focused on coastal and oceanic processes in the Southern Ocean being concerned with both field observations and numerical modellings. She is currently working as a marine and coastal engineer at BMT.
Meet your Newcastle, NSW Hub Coordinators
Rosanne is a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. Her research investigates swash zone hydrodynamics, specifically swash zone morphology, run-up, and setup on natural beaches. Rosanne’s research is field-work based, and she enjoys collecting data on different beach types in different (and sometimes challenging) conditions. With the data obtained from Rosanne’s research, the aim is to improve accuracy of empirical runup models and therefore identify beaches most at risk of extreme water levels. Rosanne has previously completed honours at the University of Newcastle, investigating tidal dynamics and water levels of coastal lakes in NSW. She also has a professional background in spatial science. Rosanne has been part of the Australasian Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference series since its inception in 2020. Rosanne is also co-chair of the AusYCSEC 2022 National Organising Committee.
Paul is a coastal management professional at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, with experience that spans university, the private sector and government. He enjoys working on complex coastal management issues that require strategic thinking, technical knowledge and stakeholder collaboration. Paul’s research interests are focussed on coastal geosciences, including the interaction of coastal processes and landforms (morphodyamics), the long term (Quaternary) evolution of coastal landscapes and the application of environmental geophysics to coastal science and management. Paul has been part of the Australasian Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference series since its inception in 2020. Paul is co-chair of the AusYCSEC 2022 National Organising Committee.
Meet your Adelaide, SA Hub Coordinator
Ben is a PhD candidate at Flinders University in South Australia and a coastal engineering consultant for Wavelength Consulting and Tonkin + Taylor. Ben has a keen interest in understanding coastal hazards and working to developing sustainable solutions to problems we face on the coast. His PhD research is based on the development of wave and shoreline models to help inform the long-term management strategies for Adelaide’s managed beaches.
Meet your Brisbane, QLD Hub Coordinators
Tomás León Cortés is a PhD student at the University of Queensland. His primary research interest is studying current and past occurrences of tsunamis through geological, sedimentary, geomorphological, and historical records as well as the application of numerical simulations to assess future threats in coastal areas. Tomás’ project seeks to estimate the intensity and wave characteristics of an “Orphan” (no-parental earthquake) tsunami that hit the coast of Chile and Japan in 1420. Through the study of tsunami deposits and using numerical models, his project will estimate the epicentre location and wave intensity that flooded northern Chile.
Dongfang Liu is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. He gained his Bachelor of Engineering in Geological Engineering from the China University of Geoscience, China in 2018 and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2020.
In 2021, Dongfang begin his Ph.D. study in the Coastal Engineering Group at The University of Queensland and his Ph.D. project is mainly towards a rubble stability model to inform coral remediation within the Great Barrier Reef.
Wen Deng is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Queensland, he gained his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University if New South Wales, Australia in 2020, and in 2021, he began his Ph.D. study in the Coastal Engineering group at The University of Queensland and joined Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) Rubble stabilization team. His primary interest is Structural and hydrodynamic analysis of coral breakage and rubble motion.
Ananth is a Research Officer in the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He recently completed his PhD thesis on tsunami propagation in coastal rivers and its impacts. Prior to this, he obtained a Masters degree in Civil Engineering from India’s top-ranked institute for Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in 2017. His research interests include learning and implementing mathematical and analytical techniques along with physical modelling to understand, predict and solve physical processes involved in natural hazards such as floods in coastal and river environments; flow-sediment dynamics.
Meet your Wellington, NZ Hub Coordinator
Verity is a coastal engineer at Tonkin and Taylor located in Wellington, New Zealand. Verity has a keen interest in all aspects of coastal engineering from coastal management and asset assessments, coastal processes and hard/soft coastal design solutions. She is interested in understanding coastal hazards and how working with the coastal processes of the area can work towards creating sustainable solutions to issues within coastal areas. Verity is a part of the New Zealand Coastal Society and has been a regional representative for Wellington since January 2021.