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I am a physical marine scientist focused on the coast and nearshore, including oceanography, sediment transport and geomorphology. I work in a range of marine environments, on a spectrum of spatial (mm to 1000’s of km) and temporal (s to decades) scales, including in estuaries, open coast beaches, coral reefs and rock coasts. I use a range of techniques such as in situ field measurements, combined with remote sensing techniques (e.g., video) and numerical hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling to understand relationships between meteorological, hydrodynamic, and geological processes. My research is interdisciplinary such as through my links with social sciences on misconceptions about rip currents and surf zone safety, and gender equity in science. I am also working on using contemporary coastal processes to understand problems on a geological time-scales (e.g., current ARC Discovery Project). I incorporate research into teaching practice and have undertaken significant curriculum development across undergraduate and graduate units. I also have a strong track recovery in community education and engagement, including mainstream media such as BBC Coast New Zealand. I am a founding committee member of Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering and Associate Editor for Anthropocene Coasts.


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, Macquarie University
  • 2002–2007
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Southampton


  • 2013 
    University of Western Australia, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Waikato, MSc(Hons)
  • 2007 
    University of Waikato, BSc