Prof. Karin Bryan
University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand
Talk Title: Issues of Scale and the role of Mangroves in shaping Coastal Processes
Brief Introduction: Karin Bryan is a professor of coastal processes at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her PhD was in physical oceanography from Dalhousie University in Canada, working on bar-trapped edge waves on beaches. Following on from that, she came to New Zealand on an international postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, where she worked on turbulence generation in surf-zones. During this time, she help establish the Cam-Era video monitoring network, which became the basis of a number of research projects, tracking shoreline change, rip-currents, ebb-tidal deltas and run-up characteristics on beaches. Funding opportunities evolved, and she began to work more in estuaries, working on mangroves, tidal asymmetry, estuarine equilibrium morphology and sediment transport. Her latest projects are on assessing blue carbon dynamics, using satellites to extract water quality dynamics, and using models to assess future morphology of low-lying coastal areas. She is the current director of the Environmental Research Institute, and soon to be the new Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Waikato.