Who we are
Conference Organising Committee
Associate professor & coastal scientist
Co-Chair/ Coastal Management Professional
Secretariat/Final Year Undergraduate
Elise is commencing her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in July 2022. Her research to date has focused on the hazard posed by submarine landslide triggered tsunami on the West Australia coastline. Elise assists in the delivery of courses within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle and also has interest in coastal processes, coastal hazards and how these impact populations. She is interested in GIS and real world modelling and how these systems can be applied/ Elise developed a love for the coastal environment after spending a lot of time at the beach surfing, growing up. This love for the coast has translated into her studies and research.
Tom is an honours student at the University of Newcastle researching the effects climate drivers have on beach rotation. This research aims to identify interannual to decadal patterns in shoreline changes across multiple beach types on the south-east Australian coastline. Being an active member in his local surf club, Tom has seen the coastline’s erosional extremes and is keen to apply his research to enhance coastal management. Tom works in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UoN primarily in a field based role but also assists in the delivery of courses. He also has interests in water quality, GIS and climate change adaptation.
Scientist / PhD Student
Maddy is a recent PhD candidate with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle, investigating the relationship between tidal dynamics and entrance geometries of estuaries. Prior to starting her PhD Maddy worked as a consultant for 3 years at BMT specialising in coastal and flood modelling. Maddy has been part of the Australasian Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference series since its inception in 2020.
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.
Post Doctoral Researcher
Kendall Mollison completed her PhD in 2021 and is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Newcastle. Her primary research focus is understanding tsunami risk for the south-east Australian coastline from submarine landslide sources through geomorphological, sedimentological, and numerical modelling investigations. Kendall has been on the national organising committee for the Australasian Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference series since its inception.
Final Year Undergraduate
Ruby Hammond is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management at the University of Newcastle. Her primary studies are in the coastal and earth science area. She currently assists PhD students conducting fieldwork and data collection in the coastal science area. She has additional interests in marine biology, climate drivers, rehabilitation, GIS and coastal adaptations.
Final Year Undergraduate
Mikayla is currently in her final year studying a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science at the University of Newcastle. She initially studied marine science but has since broadened her study focus to specialise in the physical processes of coastal science. Mikayla works within the School of Environmental and Life Science at the University of Newcastle as a research assistant primarily conducting coastal fieldwork and data collection. She also has an interest in GIS, coastal processes, reefs and cetaceans.