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School of Earth and Environment
+64 3 3693028
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 227
Seb is a coastal geomorphologist, with his primary interests being the study of mixed sediment beaches, and the study of hazardous rip currents.
My research on mixed sand gravel beach dynamics employs cutting edge technology such as UAV survey, Ground Penetrating Radar, and Coastal Imaging methods in order to understand contemporary processes. One exciting emerging aspect of this work is the impact of post-seismic sediment pulses to the beach, and the subsequent impact on surfzone morphodynamics.My research on coastal hazards spans cross-disciplinary boundaries, encompassing physical measurement of surfzone morphodynamics, and the social aspects of drowning risk.More recently, through a partnership with the UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution, my research has considered human factors in rescue situations. This current research focus centers on the role of lifeguard preventative actions on beaches, and the subsequent impact of interventions on beach rescue statistics.