Researchers from our Coastal Processes Research Group

Within the Coastal Processes Research Group there are a number of researchers that are directly involved with research and consultancy projects.

The group has a membership comprising of eight academics, five post-doctoral researchers, eight PhD students and two scientific officers. We also work extensively with researchers in Europe and elsewhere.

Since 2006, members of the Coastal Processes Research Group have received external funding in excess of £6 million, published over 100 papers in referred journals. We also have an established equipment base valued at over £1 million. 


Academic staff


Our researchers contribute to significant proportions of the teaching for several successful undergraduate courses and postgraduate programmes. You can find out more about the degrees that we offer within the School of Biological and Marine Sciences.

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Coastal and Ocean Science and Engineering experiment at Perranporth beach

Research fellows and research assistants


Current PhD students

Erin King – Modelling sediment transport processes between the beach and inner continental shelf.
Oli Bilson – The role of infragravity waves in coastal change (in conjunction with the University of Liverpool).
Leah Trigg – Do marine mammals react to shipping noise? Assessing the exposure and behavioural response of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) to shipping noise.
Lewis Sampson – Ocean modelling with novel data assimilation techniques.
Aikaterini Konstantinou – Coastal dynamics from Space.
Josie-Alice Kirby – Coastal Change Management Areas (CCMAs).
Emily Hunt – Predicting Coastal Resilience to Climate Change.

Completed PhDs

Name Date Project Funding
Mark Wiggins 2017-2020 Coastal cell response to a changing wave climate using autonomous aerial surveying University of Plymouth
Nieves Garcia Valiente 2016-2019 Sediment exchange between the beach and inner continental shelf University of Plymouth
Diego Bruciaferri 2016-2019 Numerical modelling of shelf seas University of Plymouth
Olivier Burvingt 2015-2018 Impact of extreme storms on coastal morphology University of Plymouth
Sam Prodger 2013-2018 Sediment variability and beach morphodynamics WCE Ltd studentship
Kris Inch 2011-2017 Extreme storms on sandy beaches EPSRC
Guiomar Lopez 2011-2017 Investigating spatial variability of wave fields from HF radar measurements Marinet & the University of Plymouth
Erwin Bergsma 2011-2017 Morphodynamic modelling of a macrotidal beach (Porthtowan) University of Plymouth
Luis (Pedro) Melo de Almeida 2011-2016 Adaptation and resilience of coastal energy supply EPSRC
Emma Rendle 2009-2016 Environmental and socio-economic impacts of artificial surfing reefs: the UK experience University of Plymouth
Antony Thorpe 2011-2016 Sediment transport and beach erosion induced by rip currents NERC
Christopher Stokes 2011-2015 Coastal impacts of marine renewables SMSE
Robert McCall 2011-2015 XBeach modelling of coastal gravel barriers EPSRC
Claire Earlie 2011-2015 Coastal cliff erosion in Cornwall European Social Fund and Great Western Research
Ellie Woodward 2012-2015 Rip current safety – changing behaviour to save lives Marine Institute and RNLI
Fred Wobus 2009-2013 The influence of dense water cascades on larger-scale ocean circulation NERC/University of Plymouth

Name Date Project Funding
Gabriela Garcia-Rubio 2007-2012 Shoreline changes in the Yutacan Peninsula CONACYT (Mexican Government)
Thomas Roc 2009-2012 Development of a resource assessment tool for tidal power generation devices: Regional Modelling Great Western Research
Tim Poate 2008-2012 Morphological change on high energy beaches in the lee of the Wave Hub SWRDA/PRIMaRE
Robert Brewin 2007-2011 Investigation of the role of phytoplankton functional types in CO2 flux variability NERC
Amaia Ruiz de Alegria Arzaburu 2007-2010 Measuring and modelling annual, seasonal and storm-induced morphological response on a gravel beach University of Plymouth
Iain Farley 2006-2010 Video monitoring of shoreline response to offshore segmented breakwaters EPSRC
Jon Tinker 2006-2009 Measuring and modelling of cross-shore sediment transport and profile evolution on natural beaches NERC
Tim Scott 2006-2009 Classification and risk assessment of UK beaches RNLI/HEIF2
Nigel Aird 2003-2009 Coastal sediment dynamics
Daniel Buscombe 2005-2008 Morpho-sediment dynamics of gravel beaches University of Plymouth
George Graham 2005-2008 Biomediation of turbulence and suspended sediment characteristics in marsh surface flows – The influence of Spartina Anglica NERC
Marcos Bernardes 2002-2005 Modelling the long-term morphodynamic evolution of estuaries
Richard Thain 2002-2005 Understanding the prediction of tidal instrusion fronts