Here are some of the most recent publications from the Coastal Lab. A full list of publications can also be found at the university of Melbourne Find an Expert page.


 Kennedy D.M., Stephenson, W J., and Naylor, L A. (eds), 2014, Rock Coasts Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis, The Geological Society of London. Memoir 40. 286 pp (ISBN: ISBN 978-1-86239-684-5)

Switzer A.D. and Kennedy D.M. (eds), 2013, Methods in Geomorphology, Volume 14, in Schroder J.F. (editor in chief) Treatise of Geomorphology. San Diego: Academic Press. 388p (ISBN: 978-0-08-088522-3).

Journal articles


Kamstra, P., Cook, B., Kennedy, D.M. and Brennan-Horley, C. 2019. Qualitative GIS to relate perceptions with behaviors among fishers on risky, rocky coasts. Professional Geographer.

Kamstra, P., Cook, B., Kennedy, D. M., McSweeney, S., Rijksen, E. and Daw, S. 2019. Expert perceptions of the ‘freak’ wave myth on Australia’s rocky coasts. Ocean & Coastal Management, 173, 104-113.

Kennedy, DM., Woods, J.L.D., Naylor, L.A., Hansom, J.D., Rosser, N.J. 2019. Intertidal boulder-based wave hindcasting can underestimate wave size: Evidence from Yorkshire, UK. Marine Geology, 411, 98-106

Konlechner, T.M., Kennedy, D.M., Cousens, R.D., and Woods, J.L.D. 2019. Patterns of early-colonising species on eroding to prograding coasts; implications for foredune plant communities on retreating coastlines, Geomorphology, 327, 404-416.


Thomas, O.S.N., Kennedy, D.M., Tamura, T., Murray-Wallace, C.V., Konlechner, T.M., Augustinus, P.C., Woodroffe, C.D., 2018. Interglacial-glacial climatic signatures preserved in a regressive coastal barrier, southeastern Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 501, 124-135.

Kennedy, D.M., Emma C. Vann-Jones, E.C., Dickson, M.E., and Rosser, N.J. 2018, Wind waves and cliff shaking on macrotidal shore platforms: A case-study from North Yorkshire, U.K., Journal of Coastal Research, SI85, 436-440.

Yuan, R., Kennedy, D.M., Stephenson, W.J., 2018. Hourly to daily-scale microtopographic fluctuations of supratidal sandstone, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43, 3142-3151.

Kamstra, P., Cook, B., Kennedy, D.M., Brighton, B., 2018. Treating risk as relational on shore platforms and implications for public safety on microtidal rocky coasts, Natural Hazards, 91, 1299-1316.

Kamstra, P. Cook, B., Edensor, T and Kennedy D.M., Recasting experience and risk along rocky coasts: A relational analysis using qualitative GIS. The Geographical Journal, 185, 111-124.

Ierodiaconou, D., Schimel, A.C.G., Kennedy, D.M., Monk, J., Gaylard, G., Young, M., Diesing, M., and Rattray, A., 2018, Combining pixel and object based image analysis of ultra-high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter for habitat mapping in shallow marine waters, Marine Geophysical Research. Marine Geophysical Research. doi:10.1007/s11001-017-9338-z

McSweeney, S.L, Kennedy, D.M., and Rutherfurd, I.D., 2018, The Daily-Scale Entrance Dynamics of Intermittently Open/Closed Estuaries, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi:10.1002/esp.4280

Kennedy, D.M., Konlechner, T., Zavadil, E., Mariani, M., Wong, V., Ierodiaconou, D. and Macreadie, P., 2018, Invasive cordgrass (Spartina spp.) in south-eastern Australia induces island formation, salt marsh development, and carbon storage, Geographic Research.


McSweeney, S.L, Kennedy, D.M., and Rutherfurd, I.D., 2017, A Geomorphic Classification of Intermittently Closed Estuaries in Victoria, Australia. Progress in Physical Geography. 41(4), 421 – 449

McSweeney, S.L., Kennedy, D.M., Rutherfurd, I.D., and Stout, J.C., 2017, Intermittently Closed/Open Lakes and Lagoons: Their global distribution and boundary conditions, Geomorphology, 292, 142 – 152.

Kennedy, D. M., Coombes, M. A., and Mottershead, D. N., 2017. The temporal and spatial scales of rocky coast geomorphology: A Commentary. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, doi: 10.1002/esp.4150.

Kennedy, D.M., Ierodiaconou, D., Weir, A., Brighton, B., 2017. Wave hazards on microtidal shore platforms: testing the relationship between morphology and exposure. Natural Hazards 86: 741 – 755. doi:10.1007/s11069-016-2714-1 .


Kennedy, D.M., 2016, The subtidal morphology of microtidal shore platforms and its implication for wave dynamics on rocky coasts, Geomorphology 268, 146 – 158. (DOI:10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.06.003)

 Ierodiaconou, D., Schimel, A., and Kennedy, D.M., 2016, A new perspective of storm bite on sandy beaches using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. 60, 123 – 137. (DOI: 10.1127/zfg_suppl/2016/00247)

Hanlon, L.M.; Abbott, L.K., and Kennedy, D.M., 2016. Coastal mycology and invasive species: boundary conditions for arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in incipient sand dunes. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 75, 283 – 287.

Bezore,R., Kennedy, D.M., and Ierodiaconou, D., 2016. The Drowned Apostles: The Longevity of Sea Stacks over Eustatic Cycles. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 75, 592 – 596.

Lowe, M.K. and Kennedy, D.M., 2016. Stability of artificial beaches in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 75, 253 – 257.

Mulcahy, N.; Kennedy, D.M., and Blanchon, P., 2016. The geomorphic significance of hurricanes on coral-fringed barrier beach systems: northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 75, 1192 – 1196.

McSweeney, S.L.; Hart, D.E., Todd, D.J., and Kennedy, D.M. 2016. Changes in the Frequency and Duration of Closures of the Opihi Rivermouth Following Construction of Opuha Dam. Journal of Coastal Research, SI 75, 88 – 92.


Schimel, A.C.G., Ierodiaconou, D., Hulands, L., and Kennedy, D.M., 2015, Accounting for uncertainty in volumes of seabed change measured with repeat multibeam sonar surveys, Continental Shelf Research, 111, 52 – 68  (DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2015.10.019)

Kennedy, D.M., 2015, Where is the seaward edge? A review and definition of shore platform morphology. Earth-Science Reviews. 147, 99-108. (DOI:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.05.007)

Kennedy, D.M. and Milkins, J., 2015, Beach development on microtidal shore platforms, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 30 (1), 34 – 46. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3610


Kennedy, D.M., Ierodiaconou, D., and Schimel, A., 2014, Granitic Coastal Geomorphology: Applying integrated terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR with Multibeam sonar to examine coastal landscape evolution. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 39, 1663–1674.

Blanchon, P., Granados-Corea, M., Abbey, E., Braga, J.C., Braithwaite, C., Kennedy, D.M., Spencer, T., Webster, J.M., and Woodroffe, C.D., 2014, Postglacial Fringing-Reef to Barrier-Reef conversion on Tahiti links Darwin’s reef types, Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) 4, 4997 (DOI: 10.1038/srep04997)

Marsters, T.H. and Kennedy D.M., 2014, Beach development on a high carbonate island: Niue, south west Pacific, Geomorphology. 222, 82 – 91. (DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.03.003)


Calder, M. and Kennedy, D.M., 2013, The application of ground penetrating radar in delineating uplifted shore platform morphology: a case study from Wellington, New Zealand, Journal of Coastal Research. 29, 226 – 234. (DOI 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-13-00004.1).

Kennedy, D.M., Sherker, S., Woodroffe, C.D. and Weir, A., 2013, Rocky coast hazards and public safety: moving beyond the beach in coastal risk management. Ocean and Coastal Management. 82, 85 – 94. (DOI: /10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.06.001)


Kennedy D.M. and Woods J.L.D, 2012, The influence of coarse woody debris on gravel beach geomorphology, Geomorphology. 159-160, 106 – 115. (DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.03.009)

Olson D., Kennedy D.M., Dawe I. and Calder M., 2012, Decadal-scale gravel beach evolution on a tectonically-uplifting coast: Wellington, New Zealand. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.  37, 1133–1141. (DOI: 10.1002/esp.3233)

Khan, S., Crozier, M.J. and Kennedy, D.M., 2012, Influences of Place Characteristics on Hazards, Perception and Individual Response in the Hazardscape of the Wellington Region. Natural Hazards. (DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0091-y)

Stephenson, W., Kirk, R., Kennedy, D.M., Finlayson, B. And Chen, Z., 2012, Long term shore platform surface lowering rates: revisiting Gill and Lang after 32 years, Marine Geology. 299–302, 90 – 95. (DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.01.005)

Kennedy D.M., Marsters T.H., Woods J.L.D., and Woodroffe C.D., 2012, Shore platform development on an uplifting limestone island over multiple sea-level cycles, Niue, South Pacific, Geomorphology. 141-142, 170 – 182.


Woods J.L.D and Kennedy D.M., 2011, The measurement of modern sedimentation in estuarine environments in New Zealand, New Zealand Geographer, 67, 39 – 50.

 Kennedy D.M., Brooke B.P., Woodroffe C.D., Jones B.G., Waikari C. and Nichol S.L., 2011. The geomorphology of the flanks of the Lord Howe Island volcano, Tasman Sea, Australia. Deep-Sea Research II. 58, 899 – 908.

Kennedy D.M., Paulik R. and Dickson M.E., 2011, Subaerial weathering versus wave processes in shore platform development: reappraising the Old Hat Island evidence. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 36, 686 – 694.