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Professor, UNSW Beach Safety Research Group, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney

I’m a coastal scientist with over 35 years experience studying and monitoring coastal processes on beaches. More recently my work has focused on beach safety research, particularly the rip current hazard, from both physical and social science perspectives. I also run a successful and award winning community beach safety education program called ‘The Science of the Surf (SOS)’ that aims to educate people about beach hazards and safety. I am extremely passionate and committed to reducing the number of fatalities and accidents that occur on beaches, most of which are largely due to lack of education and awareness. You can follow me on Facebook (Dr Rip's Science of the Surf), LinkedIn, Twitter (@Dr_Rip_SOS) and at

Specialties: Beach safety research, beach and coastal hazards, beach safety education, coastal processes and shoreline response, community engagement, science communication and outreach, scientific and environmental writing, education and training, media communication and engagement, public speaking.


  • 2018–present
    Professor, UNSW Sydney


Member of the Order of Australia (AM)