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:


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.

Morgan Harvie

MSc student – “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.

Yuliana Ramirez

MSc student – “Riverine controls on the spatial distribution of organic carbon in a modern deltaic environment”

¡Le encantan los manglares!


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.


Peter de Ruiter

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

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


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.


Marine le Minor

PhD student – “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.


John Montgomery

PhD student – “Inundation driven by extreme events caused by climatic drivers operating at seasonal and interannual timescales”, (secondary supervisor, primary supervisor: Karin Bryan).

John, ready to deploy the Aquadopp

Previous supervision activities (postdocs and graduate students):

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.


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.

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.


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 postdoc in Liebniz University in Hannover.


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.


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.


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.


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 Washington DC.


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):


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.


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.


Beth Scarrow

University of Waikato summer research scholar.
2013 – 2014.

Beth, escaping from the lab during her summer project.


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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