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Meet your Perth, WA Hub Coordinators

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

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.

Arnold van Rooijen

Meet your Canberra, Act Hub Coordinators

Tom Oliver

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.

Joshua Sargent

Meet your Melbourne, VIC Hub Coordinators

Alberto Meucci

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.

Marzieh Derkani

Meet your Newcastle, NSW Hub Coordinators

Rosanne Hart

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.

Paul Donaldson

Meet your Adelaide, SA Hub Coordinator

Ben Perry

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.

Tomás León Cortés
Dongfang Liu

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.

Wen Deng
Ananth Wuppukondur

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.

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Verity Taylor

Dr Hannah Power

Newcastle NSW

Dr Hannah Power

Hannah is a associate professor and coastal scientist in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Hannah has expertise in the processes and landforms of coastal environments and conducts research into waves, tides, and currents on coastlines. Her research also investigates how landforms, such as beaches, estuaries, and coral reefs, change through time. Hannah also conducts research into coastal hazards such tsunamis and wave overtopping of rock platforms.

Dr. Tom Murray

Gold Coast QLD

Dr. Tom Murray

Dr Tom Murray is an Early Career Researcher and Research Fellow at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre – Griffith University. Located on the Gold Coast campus, Tom is a field scientist whose main interests include coastal geomorphology, coastal oceanography, rip current research and surf research.

Ana Paula da Silva

Gold Coast QLD

Ana Paula da Silva

Ana is a PhD Candidate at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre – Griffith University on the project: Wave Climate Control on Headland Bypassing. She holds a Master of Science degree, with an emphasis in Oceanography – Coastal Dynamics, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Oceanography at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. During her academic formation, her research interests were focused on wave climate changes, sediment transport, long-term climate change, coastal morphodynamics and adaptation.

Ananth Wuppukondur

Brisbane QLD

Ananth Wuppukondur

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.

Alejandro Astorga-Moar

Brisbane QLD

Alejandro Astorga-Moar

Alex studied his under-grad in Geomatics Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Later he got his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a research focused on the coastal processes shifts under reef degradation scenarios. Now, Alex is a PhD Candidate in Coastal Engineering at The University of Queensland. His research is focused on the role of fringing reefs systems on beach face sediment transport. By doing controlled laboratory experiments, he expects to improve the understanding of beach profile evolution on fringing reef shores under low frequency wave spectra.

Mandi Thran

Sydney NSW

Mandi Thran

Mandi is a numerical modeller of ocean and sedimentary processes, and she works as a postdoctoral researcher at UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory. Currently, she is developing a prototype early warning system for coastal marine flooding and erosion hazards along Australia’s east and west coasts. Mandi received her PhD in Marine Geology at the University of Sydney in October 2020, where she primarily studied deep sea oceanographic and sedimentary processes. Her PhD also focused on modelling of tsunami hazards and long-term (10,000’s to 100,000’s years) continental margin and coastal dynamics.

Kilian Vos

Sydney NSW

Kilian Vos

I am a third year PhD student at UNSW Sydney and my current research aims employ publicly available satellite imagery to investigate the links between climate drivers and shoreline changes in the Pacific basin over the last 30+ years. I also enjoy developing open-source remote sensing tools and creating web applications to visualise remotely sensed data (e.g., http://coastsat.wrl.unsw.edu.au/). My background is in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, BSc and MSc at EPFL, Switzerland.

Chris Leaman

Sydney NSW

Chris Leaman

Chris is a PhD student at UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory in Sydney, currently investigating how to better predict and prepare for coastal storm hazards at the regional scale. Since process-based morphodynamic models are too computationally expensive to run over 100’s of kilometres of coastlines, simple threshold based models can be used to provide a first-pass assessment of coastal flooding and beach erosion hazards. This work forms part of a larger, prototype coastal hazards Early Warning System project developed in conjunction with the Bureau of Meteorology, UWA and the USGS. Chris also has consultancy experience with coastal and maritime structure design and is currently a Senior Coastal Engineer at BMT.

Tom Oliver

Canberra ACT

Tom Oliver

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.

Dr Chloe Leach

Melbourne VIC

Dr Chloe Leach

Chloe is a coastal geomorphologist and numerical modeler, interested in the medium- to long-term behaviour of coastal environments. She has principally developed and applied advanced modelling techniques to understand the role of driving environmental conditions in shaping the coastal system, including changing wave climate patterns and sea level rise. Chloe is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne, as part of the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program.

Karen Palmer

Hobart TAS

Karen Palmer

Karen is a PhD candidate in the Climate Futures team at the University of Tasmania. Her research is focused on the factors for changing water levels in the transition zone between river and sea. By using data driven understanding of complex and sensitive estuary environments, she hopes to help improve community preparedness and adaptation for increasing inundation threat with climate change.

Christelle Auguste

Hobart TAS

Christelle Auguste

Christelle Auguste is a third year PhD student in the Marine Renewable Energy team of AMC/UTAS. Her doctoral research investigates sediment transport processes near tidal stream devices in Australia. She holds a master’s degree in Marine Science from Seatech School of engineering/ University of Toulon, France. After her master’s degree, she joined SNCF (National company of railway in France), as a hydraulic engineer then project manager where she accrued over 10 years significant experience in civil engineering projects within hydraulic and infrastructures fields. However, after so many years away from the ocean, she decided to come back to her passion, and to have a big change in her life: moving and career. She resigned from her job to reorient her path into the ocean renewable energy fields and started a PhD at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania. Her main research interests are numerical modelling, tidal energy, wave-current interaction and coastal processes.

Mike Cuttler

Perth WA

Mike Cuttler

Mike is Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. His research focuses on understanding the physical processes driving changes in coastal morphology over a range of a time (individual storm events to interannual coastal evolution) and spatial scales (individual beaches to regional coastlines). To study these processes, he relies on observational data (in situ instruments, real-time wave buoys, fixed cameras, drones, satellites) as well as numerical modelling. His current research projects span the Western Australian coastline from the South Coast to the Pilbara.

Arnold van Rooijen

Perth WA

Arnold van Rooijen

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.

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

Perth WA

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

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.

Marzieh H. Derkani

Melbourne VIC

Marzieh H. Derkani

Marzieh is a PhD candidate at the Ocean Engineering Centre, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. Her PhD studies are focused on coastal, oceanic, and climate processes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marginal ice zone. Her main research interests are marine data analysis, numerical modelling, wave climate and statistics, air-sea interaction, sea-ice, and coastal processes.

Wagner Costa

Waikato NZ

Wagner Costa

Originally from Brazil, Wagner moved to New Zealand about one year ago to start his PhD at the University of Waikato. His thesis is entitled: Predictors for estuarine flooding in New Zealand. The project is embedded in the National Science Challenge NZ programme and supervised by prof. Karin Bryan. Wagner and colleagues (Joshua Sargent and Berengere Dejeans), together with prof. Karin Bryan, are organizing the Waikato local hub for the AusYCSEC2021

Joshua Sargent

Waikato NZ

Joshua Sargent

Joshua Sargent is an environmental scientist and first 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. 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.”

Karin Bryan

Waikato NZ

Karin Bryan

Karin Bryan works on coastal processes on sandy beaches and estuaries. Her interests are broad, but are basically covered by: Hydrodynamics: rip currents, wave dynamics, storm surges and flooding; Geomorphology: embayed beach patters, estuarine infilling, sediment interactions, tidal channels; and, Coastal Ecology: nutrient dynamics, light climate in estuaries, seabed exchange. She takes an engineering approach to solving problems, and likes to combine modelling, remote sensing and field observations. She works mostly in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regions.

Dr Hannah Power

Newcastle NSW

Dr Hannah Power

Newcastle NSW

Dr. Tom Murray

Gold Coast QLD

Dr. Tom Murray

Gold Coast QLD

Gaëlle Faivre

Gold Coast QLD

Gaëlle Faivre

Gold Coast QLD

Dr. Guilherme Vieira da Silva

Gold Coast QLD

Dr. Guilherme Vieira da Silva

Gold Coast QLD

Ana Paula da Silva

Gold Coast QLD

Ana Paula da Silva

Gold Coast QLD

Ananth Wuppukondur

Brisbane QLD

Ananth Wuppukondur

Brisbane QLD

Alejandro Astorga-Moar

Brisbane QLD

Alejandro Astorga-Moar

Brisbane QLD

Mandi Thran

Sydney NSW

Mandi Thran

Sydney NSW

Kilian Vos

Sydney NSW

Kilian Vos

Sydney NSW

Chris Leaman

Sydney NSW

Chris Leaman

Sydney NSW

Tom Oliver

Canberra ACT

Tom Oliver

Canberra ACT

Dr Chloe Leach

Melbourne VIC

Dr Chloe Leach

Melbourne VIC

Karen Palmer

Hobart TAS

Karen Palmer

Hobart TAS

Christelle Auguste

Hobart TAS

Christelle Auguste

Hobart TAS

Mike Cuttler

Perth WA

Mike Cuttler

Perth WA

Arnold van Rooijen

Perth WA

Arnold van Rooijen

Perth WA

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

Perth WA

Dr Maryam Abdolahpour

Perth WA

Marzieh H. Derkani

Melbourne VIC

Marzieh H. Derkani

Melbourne VIC

Wagner Costa

Waikato NZ

Wagner Costa

Waikato NZ

Joshua Sargent

Waikato NZ

Joshua Sargent

Waikato NZ

Karin Bryan

Waikato NZ

Karin Bryan

Waikato NZ

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