I studied at the University of Wollongong and completed Bachelor of Marine Science Advanced Honours (Class 1) followed by a PhD under the supervision of Professor Colin Woodroffe.
I arrived at UNSW Canberra at the beginning of 2018 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022.
I am a coastal geographer interested in all aspects of coastal science from the late Quaternary to present-day processes. I have conducted research in many coastal locations around Australia and have a special interest in sandy coastal plains which preserve past shoreline behaviour, past coastal processes and palaeoclimatic signatures.
Research interests and potential PhD topics:
- Holocene evolution of prograded coastal barriers
- Reconstructing Late-Quaternary and Holocene sea levels in southeastern Australia from raised coastal landforms
- Application of Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating to young (<500 years) sediments
- Sandy shoreline behaviour on planning timescales from sedimentary archives - extending the record of east coast lows along the NSW coast
- Beach morphodynamics at Bengello Beach - continuing a 50-year monitoring program with new technologies
- Luminescence dating of Australian coastal sediments - a review and contribution to the OCTOPUS database in collaboration with CABAH at UOW.
- Understanding the sediments of the shallow sea bed and the character of drowned landforms
- Quantifying the contribution of river sediments to the coast in southern NSW.
- Barrier washover in the sedimentary record and on historical timescales
Honours project topics:
- Historical washover events at Brou Beach barrier - stratigraphy and sedimentology
- Sediments of the lower Moruya River - do they reach the coast?
- Merimbula barrier washover plain, morphology, age and stratigraphy
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