KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Catherine Knight
Writer and Environmental Historian, Manawatu, NZ

Dr Catherine Knight is a writer and environmental historian. She is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington and Honorary Research Associate at the School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University. She has published four books relating to New Zealand’s environmental history, including New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history (Canterbury University Press, 2016), which was long-listed for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, short-listed for the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards and selected as one of The Listener’s Best Books for 2016. Her other books are: Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand (Canterbury University Press), which was a finalist in the New Zealand Heritage Book Awards; Ravaged Beauty: An environmental history of the Manawatu (Dunmore Press), which was the winner of the J.M. Sherrard Award for Regional and Local History; and Wildbore: A photographic legacy (Totara Press). Catherine works as a policy and communications consultant at KHM Consulting, based in the Manawatu..
Daniel Parsons
University of Hull, UK

Professor Dan Parsons leads the Energy and Environment Institute (EEI) at the University of Hull, UK. The EEI gathers together multidisciplinary researchers from across the University to conduct impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change and securing a low-carbon energy transition. Dan is an active researcher in areas related to fluvial, estuarine, coastal and deep marine sedimentary environments, exploring responses of these systems to climate and environmental change. He has research interests in anthropogenic disturbances to these systems and determining necessary societal adaptations to mitigate the impact of change – for example understanding how evolving flood risk on large mega-deltas can impact populations and their related livelihoods through to understanding and quantifying and predicting the magnitude of risk and hazard from natural system function.
Douglas J. Jerolmack
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Doug Jerolmack’s research focuses on the spatial and temporal evolution of patterns that emerge at the interface of fluid and sediment on Earth and planetary surfaces. His group uses laboratory experiments, combined with fieldwork and theory, to elucidate the minimum number of ingredients that are required to explain physical phenomena. Particular foci include granular physics of fluid-driven (water and wind) sediment transport; landform dynamics including dunes, river channels, deltas and fans; stochastic and nonlinear transport processes; and landscape response to dynamic boundary conditions such as climate. Doug is currently Professor and Graduate Chair in Earth and Environmental Science, with a secondary appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, at University of Pennsylvania, USA. Doug received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering at Drexel University in 2001, PhD in Geophysics from MIT in 2006, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Saint Anthony Falls Lab at University of Minnesota 2006-2007. Doug has been at Penn since 2007.
Laura J. Moore
The University of North Carolina, USA

Laura J. Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura's interdisciplinary research program in coastal geomorphology focuses on the response of low-lying coastal environments to climate change. Her recent and ongoing work relies on the merging of numerical and observational approaches to investigate coastal foredune eco morphodynamics, barrier island response to climate change; couplings among barrier islands, back-barrier marshes and back-barrier bays; large-scale coastline response to changing wave climate; and coupled natural-human coastline dynamics. Laura has been an Investigator at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-term Ecological Research site in the U.S. since 2008. Recently, she was the lead editor of Barrier Dynamics and Response to Changing Climate published in 2018 by Springer and served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee, Long-term Coastal Zone Dynamics: Interactions and Feedbacks between Natural and Human Processes along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Dr Murray Hicks
Principal Scientist for River and Coastal Geomorphology at NIWA, Christchurch, NZ

Dr Murray Hicks is Principal Scientist for River and Coastal Geomorphology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) in Christchurch. With undergraduate honours degrees in geology and civil engineering from Otago and Canterbury Universities, his PhD at the University of California focused on sediment transport by coastal and river processes.  His career since has stayed in the same domain, working mostly at NIWA as a researcher and consultant. With NIWA colleagues and international collaborators, much of this has been devoted to measuring and modelling the morphodynamics of braided rivers and applying results to assessing the effects of water-use schemes, dams, and gravel extraction on river morphology and physical habitat.  He has also used coastal sediment budgets, remote-sensing, and morphological models to investigate the effects of changing river sand/gravel yields on the stability of adjacent coasts in the context of rising sea level and changing wave climate. He has also led projects, and trained many others, to measure and analyse the suspended load of New Zealand rivers, producing guidance manuals and national scale GIS models to predict sediment yield.

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