National Committee

Meet our local organising committee


Stuart Young

Stuart is a coastal engineer at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Stu has expertise in coastal processes, tidal hydrodynamics and coastal structures. He has a background in environmental engineering, civil engineering and marine science. His work has included both physical and numerical modelling of wave and coastal structure interactions, environmental monitoring, breakwater and harbour assessments, water quality and the development of coastal management strategies.

Hannah Power

Hannah is a associate professor and coastal scientist in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. Hannah has expertise in the processes and landforms of coastal environments and conducts research into waves, tides, and currents on coastlines. Her research also investigates how landforms, such as beaches, estuaries, and coral reefs, change through time. Hannah also conducts research into coastal hazards such tsunamis and wave overtopping of rock platforms.

Thomas Newman

Thomas is an honours student at the University of Newcastle researching the effects climate drivers have on beach rotation. This research aims to identify interannual to decadal patterns in shoreline changes across multiple beach types on the south-east Australian coastline. Being an active member in his local surf club, Tom has seen the coastlines erosional extremes and is keen to apply his research to enhance coastal management. Tom also has interests in water quality, GIS and climate change adaptation.

Elise Buller

Elise is a final year undergraduate Bachelor of Science student at the University of Newcastle. She is currently undertaking a research project investigating the tsunami hazard to Perth Metropolitan area posed by submarine landslides in the offshore Perth canyon. She is keen on developing her skills in GIS and remote sensing and using these to tools to assess coastal hazards as well as coastal change over time.

Annette Burke

Annette is a PhD candidate researching  the application of satellite derived bathymetry to document multidecadal changes in the morphology of the nearshore to depths approaching the modal wave climate depth of closure. The aim of this research is to investigate the relationship of morphological change to shifts in dominant climate drivers. She is also an Associate Lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle teaching undergraduate Spatial Science courses.

David Schmidt

David is an honours student at the University of Newcastle researching foredune morphology on the NSW coast and its applications as a barrier system. The aim of this research is to better understand how our coastlines will change under increasing sea levels and the potential inundation impacts of diminishing foredune systems. He also has a keen interest in GIS and Remote Sensing and how these can be applied to coastal environments.

Kendall Mollison

Kendall completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours) and is currently a PhD candidate with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences. Her research focuses on the hazard posed by submarine landslide generated tsunami along the east coast of Australia. The aim of her research is to understand the mechanisms that trigger submarine landslide failure by analysing sediments from submarine landslide sites, to constrain their return interval, and to evaluate their potential future impact on the east Australian coastline through numerical modelling. 

Madelaine Broadfoot

Maddy is a scientist at BMT who has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management with 1st class hons at the University of Newcastle. Maddy completed her honours research project in 2020, the project investigate the morphodynamics of mature wave-dominated estuaries in NSW. The project focused on how inlet morphology and tidal hydrodynamics have changed through time and the future impacts of sea level rise on mature wave-dominated estuaries.

Rosanne Hart

Rosey is currently a PhD candidate with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle, investigating wave run-up and swash dynamics along the east coast of Australia. The aim of this research is to create a novel method to predict wave run-up using a  probabilistic approach which can be used to identify beaches at risk of extreme run-up events. Rosey has research experience in hydrodynamic modelling, and investigating trends in water levels and tidal harmonics within coastal lakes. Rosey also has experience in the private sector as a spatial analyst, specialising in spatial data modelling and online applications.

Paul Donaldson

Paul is a Senior Estuary Management Officer at the Central Coast Council (NSW) with a background in coastal and estuary science, coastal hazards and risks, coastal management and climate change adaptation. His professional experience spans government, university and the private sector. Paul’s research interests are focussed on coastal geosciences, including the interaction between coastal processes and landforms (morphodyamics), the long term (Quaternary) evolution of coastal landscapes and the application of environmental geophysics to coastal science and management.

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The AusYCSEC series is organised and held on what was and always will be the land of Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander and Maori people. We acknowledge and pay our respect to the Custodians of this land, Elders, past present and emerging. We acknowledge the many Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori peoples who have made an important contribution to this land and community, and continue to do so.

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