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Kaya Wilson is a hazard scientist with a PhD from the University of Newcastle specializing in tsunami modelling. As an accredited hydrographic surveyor who has worked in both industry and federal government, Kaya applies ocean mapping expertise to best predict tsunami impact. Recent work includes the detailed tsunami modelling of Sydney harbor for potential tsunami threat.


  • 2020–present
    Hazard scientist, Geoscience Australia
  • 2014–2020
    Research scientist, University of Newcastle
  • 2011–2013
    Bathymetry Specialist, Geoscience Australia
  • 2008–2011
    Hydrographic Surveyor, Private Industry


  • 2021 
    University of Newcastle, PhD Earth Sciences
  • 2008 
    University of Plymouth, MSc Hydrography
  • 2007 
    Macquarie University, BSc Marine Science


  • 2020
    Tsunami Modelling with Static and Dynamic Tides in Drowned River Valleys with Morphological Constrictions,
  • 2018
    The Tsunami Threat to Sydney Harbour, Australia: Modelling potential and historic events,
  • 2018
    Seamless bathymetry and topography datasets for New South Wales, Australia,

Professional Memberships

  • SSSI membership, AHSCP Level one certified.