Come along to Professor Mark Dickson's free Inaugural Lecture.


Research over the past two decades has gradually coalesced toward quite a different perspective on the evolution of New Zealand’s coast than what I understood as an undergraduate student. This lecture traverses Aotearoa’s sandy open coasts to our rocky cliffed shoreline, reviewing selected studies that have sought to unpack the complex relationships between sea level change, tectonics, environmental processes, and coastal landform evolution. Along the way there will be opportunity to reflect on the inductive field traditions of physical geography, set amid myriad new opportunities afforded by advances in sensor technology, radiometric dating, remote sensing, and modelling. We finish speculatively, on the topic of future coastal change and the challenges posed by accelerating global sea level rise.

About the speaker

Mark was an undergraduate at Massey University, completed a PhD at the University of Wollongong and postdoctoral positions at the University of Bristol and NIWA. He works primarily on eroding coasts and is particularly interested in the effects of sea-level rise on coastal erosion. Mark conducts his research using a combination of field experiments, remote sensing and numerical modelling. He currently co-leads the Coastal Programme of the Resilience National Science Challenge and a Marsden project that is investigating the creation and destruction of marine terraces.

Location: Physics Lecture Theatre 1. PLT1/303-G20. Science Centre, University of Auckland, 38 Princes Street, Auckland

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