Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for ICS2016

Professor Andrew Short

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Andrew Short is a marine scientist interested in coastal processes and systems. He has degrees from the University of Sydney, University of Hawaii and Louisiana State University and has worked on the coasts of North and South America, including north Alaska and Hawaii, Europe, Ireland, New Zealand and the entire Australian coast.

He is presently Honorary Professor in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney; Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong; Visiting Scientist at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil); Senior Coastal Scientist with CoastalCOMS.com; Scientific Adviser to Surf Life Saving Australia; and Chair of National Surfing Reserves (Australia).

He has published more than 200 scientific articles and 12 books including “Beach and Shoreface Morphodynamics” (1999) and “The Coast of Australia” (2009). He is presently co-editing a book on “Brazilian Beach Systems”.

Dr Janice M LoughLough Feb 2015

Janice Lough is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS, Townsville) and Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow and Partner Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies, James Cook University.  She is a climate scientist who has been publishing on issues related to climate change for over 30 years.

Janice has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.  She completed a PhD in 1982 at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, on tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures and climate in sub-Saharan Africa.  She held an NSF-funded post-doctoral position at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, from 1982 to 1986.  In 1986 she came to AIMS for a two-year postdoctoral position working with environmental records from corals and has been a research scientist at AIMS since 1988.

Current research activities focus on 1) obtaining annual proxy environmental and growth records from massive corals over the past several centuries; this places current changes in an historical context and recent publications have, for example, highlighted how coral calcification rates are already changing in response to warming of the tropical oceans and that rainfall in northeastern tropical Australia has become more variable and more extreme when examined over the past three centuries, and 2) assessing how climate is already changing for tropical marine ecosystems; climate change is not a future event, significant warming of the tropical oceans has already occurred with observable consequences for coral reefs.

Professor Bruce Thom

Formerly Vice-Chancellor University of New England (1994-1996), Professor Thom has held Bruce Thom photopositions including Foundation Professor of Geography, Royal Military College, Duntroon (University of New South Wales, 1977-1984); Professor of Geography University of Sydney (1985-1993); and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, University of Sydney (1990-1993).

He holds the title of Emeritus Professor from University of Sydney.  Professor Thom served as Chair of the Australian State of Environment Committee 1998-2002, and as Chair of the Coastal Council of New South Wales (1999-2004).

He served as the Visiting Professor for Coastal Management and Planning at the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources in Sydney. He also formerly held the position of Visiting Professor in the NSW Department of Planning.

Emeritus Professor Thom is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Deputy Chair of the Australian Coastal Society and Chair of the Federal Government’s Coasts and Climate Change Council (2011).

In 2010 Professor Bruce Thom was awarded a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the ecological management of the coastal zone and as a contributor to public debate on natural resource policy.

Bruce Thom is an honorary life member of Surfrider Foundation Australia and an honorary member of the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

Dr Giovanni Coco

Giovanni Coco photo_croppedGiovanni Coco is associate professor in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland,
New Zealand. He obtained his PhD from Plymouth University and has subsequently worked at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (USA), the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand) and the University of Cantabria (Spain).

His scientific activity is primarily related to the study of nearshore morphodynamics, pattern formation and interactions between physical and biological processes. The approach is based on a combination of numerical modeling, field and laboratory observations, and address system evolution over timescales ranging from seconds to millenia.

More recently, he has focused on nonlinear techniques for data analysis (genetic algorithms, artificial neural networks) applying them to a variety of bio-geophysical problems. Giovanni currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface and is a member of the scientific committee of “River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics”.