Nick is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide. He is currently Vice-President and Life Member of the Australian Coastal Society. Formerly he was Director of the Centre for Coastal Research at the University of Adelaide; Vice-Chair of the international scientific steering committee for ‘Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone’ (Netherlands) and a member of the South Australian Government’s Coast Protection Board. Nick was also one of the Lead Authors for the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2007 was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Nick has over 40 years of experience in coastal research, and over 200 publications including scientific papers and books.
Secretary and Director
Saeed pursued a professional engineering portfolio for about 11 years in various client, consultant, and contractor companies in a number of onshore, nearshore and offshore projects, before commencing his PhD research with a particular emphasis on nearshore hydrodynamics and sediment transport. After completing his PhD research, and concurrent with the teaching of various civil/mechanical engineering courses at Griffith University, Saeed worked for the Gold Coast City Council in the Natural Hazard Management team as a senior environmental modeller, conducting computerised simulations of hydrodynamics and water quality. Saeed is currently a Lecturer in Engineering at Charles Sturt University, teaching and conducting research regarding hydrodynamic simulation of riverine and coastal environments, analysis of field measurements data, and climate change impact on coastal environments.
Vice-Chair, Director and WA Chair
Carmen is a geographer with over 15-years’ experience working in coastal environments. Her passion for the coast was evident from a young age, when she would travel over an hour to get to the beach. This passion has developed into a professional career, where Carmen seeks to contribute to the sustainable management of coastal areas.
Her areas of expertise range from program design, training, risk assessment and adaptation planning, policy review, and social geographical research. Examples include working in partnership with the Kiribati government to design a risk assessment and adaptation planning approach consistent with country capacity, designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for climate change support programs in the Pacific, mainstreaming climate change into ICZM in the Mediterranean, and exploring the capacity of coastal households to respond to climate change in Australia. Carmen has worked in the Pacific, Asia and Australia for National, State and Local governments and Development Agencies.
Vice-Chair, Director and ACT Chair
Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) at the University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. Barbara is a Life Fellow and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Life Honorary Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Barbara’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Town & Regional Planning, Master of Environmental Law and a PhD in sustainable coastal planning. She also has a substantial professional background having worked at all levels of government and running her own practice. Her current research and teaching interests include sustainable cities and regions, coastal planning, climate change adaptation and urban governance. Barbara was a contributing author to IPCC 5 WG 2 report on Impacts 2013. Professor Norman advises the public and private sectors in Australia and has strong international linkages within Asia, Europe and the United States. Barbara was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community through urban and regional planning.
Director, Treasurer and Memberships Officer
Dr John Davis is a sustainability pracademic who has spent most of his life in the coastal zone of Western Australia. Graduating in Agricultural Science launched him in international community development and natural resources management. More recently he completed a research project on policies and practices which encourage coastal stewardship.
John has worked around the Indian Ocean rim in government, non-government organisations and Universities as a field worker, consultant and academic, hence the adoption of the “pracademic” label. The unifying themes in his diverse interests are the empowerment of people in communities and the quest for a sustainable society. John is an adjunct lecturer at Sheridan College in Perth.
Patron and Lifetime Member
Known as the founding father of ACS, Emeritus Professor Bruce Thom is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney.
In 2010, Bruce was awarded a member of the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to the ecological management of the coastal zone and as a contributor to a public debate on natural resource policy. If you want some commentary on coastal management issues for the media, get in touch with Bruce via email@example.com
Director and NSW Chair
Dr Mitchell Harley is a Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney. Mitchell is an expert in coastal erosion and how it impacts coastlines worldwide. His research entails the use of advanced monitoring technologies to enhance understanding and prediction of coastline change. After completing his PhD at UNSW in 2009, Mitchell spent 5 years in Europe leading developments of Early Warning Systems to forecast coastal erosion risk. Upon returning to Australia in 2015, he now leads the historic Collaroy-Narrabeen coastal monitoring program – one of the longest-running beach monitoring programs worldwide. In 2017 Mitchell founded the CoastSnap citizen science beach monitoring program that is now established in 16 countries worldwide.
Jeska has a background in wetland and waterway rehabilitation and operational coastal management such as cleaning programs, vegetation management, horticulture and coastal infrastructure. She also has significant experience in strategic coastal planning and project management which has included providing expert professional advice and guidance to Councils and the community in relation to coastal policy, planning and management. She is passionate about working with the community and stakeholders to deliver sustainable outcomes for marine and coastal environments.
Louise is the Australian Coastal Society communications contact.
Louise has a background in marine science. Her qualifications include a research masters from UNSW with her thesis focusing on “Climate change impacts on macro and micro scale interactions between a tropical herbivore and temperate kelp forests”. She also completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Marine Biology at the University of Technology Sydney.
Louise is currently a Graduate Project Officer at the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.
She is passionate about sustainably managing the marine and coastal environment from climate change and other threats.
Kerrie Foxwell-Norton is an Associate Professor at Griffith University, Gold Coast. Her research interests focus upon environmental communication, with a special interest in coastal and marine communities and their environments. Kerrie has specific expertise in community-based research and engagement, exploring links between communication and community therein. She is dedicated to supporting Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences’ contributions to environmental challenges and climate change and has spent her career developing meaningful collaborations with STEMM colleagues. She has worked with and for First Nation’s communities and brings cultural awareness and respect to her daily life and work. In her spare time, Kerrie loves to surf small waves and is active in her local community as a volunteer on a number of projects, especially focused on coastal developments (see her book about some of this local work here). She is the Chair of the Cabarita Beach/Bogangar Regional Surfing Reserve, Co-Chair of the International Association of Media and Communication Research, Environmental, Science and Risk Communication Working Group and the ‘Motivation’ Theme Leader within the Climate Action Beacon, Griffith University. See her list of publications and other information here.
After mapping Seagrass around Tasmania in 1993 Chris worked for the Tas government implementing the State Coastal Policy (1996), and coordinating Coastcare and other Commonwealth programs from their inception.
Although he left the bureaucracy in 2011 he has remained passionate about Tassie’s coast, in particular, lobbying for a new and better coastal policy through ACS and an affiliated group TasCA (Tas Coastal Alliance) specifically formed for the purpose. Chris is currently a (very) part-time research fellow at IMAS (UTAS) and his interests include coastal leadership. Share your thoughts, find out what’s going on, or even get involved by contacting Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Eric Woehler is the Co-convenor of ACS Tasmania, and has been researching seabirds and shorebirds for more than 40 years, applying his research to the conservation of Tasmania’s birds and their coastal and marine habitats. He has dedicated his professional efforts to supporting evidence-based advocacy for conservation, and was awarded an OAM for his services to bird ecology in 2021, and the DL Serventy Medal by BirdLife Australia for his contribution to Australian ornithology in 2022.