Students and postdocs

I am always keen to hear from potential graduate students who want to partake in exciting coastal research projects. Please contact me with inquiries. I am particularly keen to hear from students with a strong mathematics, physics, physical oceanography, or engineering background. However, please take note that funding postgraduate students in NZ is hard. There are University of Waikato postgraduate scholarships available (more details here) but these are extremely competitive, especially for international students (straight A grades are usually required).

Current supervision activities:

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Isabella Redder

MSc student – “Improving acoustic measurements of suspended sediment concentrations of flocculated particles”  

Isabella obviously not doing fieldwork (those shoes are far too white)

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Shahab Abbaszadeh

PhD student – “Small scale hydrodynamic Controls on Sediment Resuspension and Transport in Vegetated Environments” 

Shahab pretending not to be alarmed by the seagulls getting ready to attack.

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Toby Beisley

MSc student – “Quantifying fine sediment fluxes in muddy aquatic environments”  

Toby realising that the fun of geology fieldwork can only  be surpassed by the fun of wading around in the mud

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Mia Richmond

MSc student – “Dynamics and depositions of underwater pyroclastic flows” (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Adrian Pittari)

 Mia enjoying some field work in the Chatham Islands

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Ali Aghazadegan

PhD student – Shear layers, helical motions dynamics and hydraulics of river channel confluences(secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Ali Shokri)

Ali enjoying the oscillatory nature of the beach on his day off

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Ben Roche

MSc student – “Dynamic mud transport and deposition processes, Firth of Thames, New Zealand” (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Andrew la Croix)

Ben disappointed to only land a fish and not a sediment core.

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Hemanth Vundavilli

PhD student – “The interaction of river plumes with aquatic vegetation and consequences for sediment deposition”

Hemanth showing it’s not just the girls who can rock the safety yellow field sunhats.

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Tiago Dutra da Silva

PhD student – “Impact of fragmentation of seagrass meadows on near bed-hydrodynamics and sediment transport: implications for meadow integrity”

Tiago pretending to be stuck in the mud, but not fooling anyone.

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Bérengère Dejeans

PhD student – “Improved turbulence and flocculation modelling in estuaries and coastal waters”, co-supervised with Iain MacDonald (NIWA)

Bérengère surveying some intertidal regions and contemplating formation of ‘les flocons’ at the same time.

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Peter de Ruiter

PhD student – “Hydrodynamic controls on sedimentation within Tauranga Harbour”

Peter, looking at the view wishing he was at the coast working.

Previous supervision activities (postdocs and graduate students):

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John Montgomery

PhD 2021 – Attenuation of Tides and Storm Surges in Coastal Mangroves”, (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Karin Bryan).

John, ready to deploy the Aquadopp

Anya Podrumac

MSc 2020 – Process sedimentology of the Waikato River mouth, Port Waikato, New Zealand: The depositional record of a mixed-energy river mouth(secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Andrew la Croix)

Anya wearing safety yellow while extracting some cores.

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Marine le Minor

PhD 2020 – “Initiation of motion: Marine biological factors controlling sediment stability”, (University of Bremen INTERcoast student, german supervisor: Prof. Katrin Huhn).

Marine labelling tubes during her fieldwork.

Yuliana Ramirez

MSc 2020 – “The Spatial Variability of Elemental and Isotopic Compositions of Carbon and Nitrogen Within Sediments in a Subtropical Mangrove Forest”

¡Le encantan los manglares!

Morgan Harvie

MSc 2019 – “Evaluation of the measurement capabilities of an autonomous surface vessel in coastal regions”

Morgan seen here in her favourite place – the Firth of Thames mud.

Erik Horstman

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (co-advised with Karin Bryan)

Known as the Dutch Machine, Erik loves 24-hr fieldwork marathons. He is now an assistant professor at the University of Twente.

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Ben Norris

PhD 2019 – “Small-scale Turbulence and its Influence on Forest-scale Morphodynamics within a Coastal Mangrove Forest”

Ben, enjoying his research in the crystal clear waters of the Mekong. Ben is now a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow at USGS in Santa Cruz

Nicola Lovett

MSc 2017 – “Sediment transport in the Firth of Thames mangrove forest, New Zealand”

Nic loves playing with power tools in muddy environments.

She is now working for the Marine Management Organisation in the UK.

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Franziska Staudt

PhD 2016 – “The influence of sediment texture on the mobility of mixed beds”, (University of Bremen INTERcoast student, german supervisor: Prof. Katrin Huhn).

Franziska calculating the critical grain size ratio required to stabilise the boulder she’s sitting on.
She is now a coastal scientist for DHI in Denmark.

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Steve Hunt

PhD 2016 – “The control of wind and waves on sediment transport asymmetry and the long-term morphological development of estuaries” (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Karin Bryan).

Steve, forgetting that it’s easier to boat around on water. He is now a coastal scientist at Waikato Regional Council.

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Holly Bredin-Grey

MSc 2016 – “Changes in flow and sediment trapping caused by bioturbating macro fauna (Austrohelice crassa)”.

Holly, offering some advice on hammering technique during her fieldwork.

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Nayo Ramli

PhD 2016 – “The impact of littoral drift and dredging on the stability of the Matakana Banks ebb tidal delta”, (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Willem de Lange).

Nayo, enjoying some snow fun.

 

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Shawn Harrison

PhD 2015 – “Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal deltas” (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Karin Bryan).

Shawn is now working at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Mississippi.

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Nadine Brunschwiler

MSc 2015 – “Dispersal and mixing of stormwater run-off plumes in the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand”.

Nadine, happy for a rare break in the rain.

Previous supervision activities (summer students and interships):

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Diane Fargialla

2018 – Diane visited for a 4-month research internship from Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

Diane worked on remote sensing of Tauranga Harbour, featured here in this photo.

Nicola Lovett

University of Waikato summer research scholar.
2015 – 2016.

Nic, celebrating that, this year at least, there is water.

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Nicola Lovett

University of Waikato summer research scholar.
2014 – 2015.

Nicola, who signed up for a project on coastal oceanography, wondering why there’s no water.

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Beth Scarrow

University of Waikato summer research scholar.
2013 – 2014.

Beth, escaping from the lab during her summer project.

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Alex Garcia-Cousteau

2013 – Alex visited for a 6-month research internship from Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France.

Seen here, about to take some CTD casts.

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