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Conference Organising Committee

Hannah Power

Associate professor & coastal scientist
Hannah Power is an Associate Professor in Coastal and Marine Science in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Her research interests are focussed on the geomorphology and hydrodynamics in the coastal zone and her research covers a wide range of topics from breaking wave hydrodynamics on sandy beaches, to geomorphic change on coral reefs through time, to tsunami inundation modelling. Hannah is a Science Technology Australia 2021 Superstar of STEM and was awarded the NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2021. Hannah is also the founder of the Australasian Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference series.

Paul Donaldson

Co-Chair/ Coastal Management Professional
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.

Rosanne Hart

Co-Chair/PhD Candidate
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.

Elise Buller

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.

Thomas Newman

Technical Officer/academic

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.

Madelaine Broadfoot

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

Coastal Researcher

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.

Kendall Mollison

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.

Ruby Hammond

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.

Mikayla Crossley

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. 

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