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


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.