Dr Mark Edward Dickson

BSc(Hons) (Massey), PhD (Wollongong)

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Associate Professor


I studied undergraduate Geography at Massey, completed a PhD at the University of Wollongong and undertook postdocs at the University of Bristol and NIWA. I joined the School of Environment in 2008. I currently co-lead two main research projects: the Coastal programme of the Resilience National Science Challenge and a Marsden project on coastal marine terraces. 

Research | Current

My research focuses on processes of coastal change, including the effects of sea level rise, using a wide range of methods including field measurements and numerical modelling. 


Teaching | Current

My main teaching responsibilities are in the following courses:

GEOG 351 (Coordinator), Dynamics of Coastal Systems

GEOG 746 (Coordinator), Dynamic Coasts

GEOG/EarthSci 262 (Coordinator), Geomorphology and Landscape Development

GEOG/EarthSci 330, Research methods in Physical Geography 

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students

Andrew Allision

Ashton Eaves

Laura Robichaux

Aidan McLean

Lovleen Chowdhury

Ben Jones

Ben Collings

Sophie Horton (based at Otago)

Raphael Kriel (based at Otago)

PhD completions  

Dr. Catriona Thompson

Dr. Hironori Matsumoto

Dr. Kathryn Davies

Dr. Hiroki Ogawa

Dr. Amy Dougherty



2020 British Society of Geomorphology "Michael Kirkby Award" (previously known as the Wiley Award) for the best paper published in ESPL in the previous year:

2012 Lloyds Science of Risk Prize for this work:

  • Dawson, R. J., Dickson, M. E. et al. Integrated analysis of risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion under scenarios of long term change. Climatic Change 95, 249-288 (2009).

Areas of expertise

Coastal geomorphology, coastal management, coastal erosion under sea level rise, rocky shores, gravel coasts

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Eaves, A., Kench, P., McDonald, G., & Dickson, M. (2019). Balancing Sustainable Coastal Management with Development in New Zealand. In P. A. Khaiter, M. G. Erechtchoukova (Eds.) Sustainability Perspectives: Science, Policy and Practice (pp. 97-118). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. 10.1007/978-3-030-19550-2_5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49599
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ashton Eaves
  • Thompson, C. F., Young, A. P., & Dickson, M. E. (2019). Wave impacts on coastal cliffs: Do bigger waves drive greater ground motion?. EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES AND LANDFORMS, 44 (14), 2849-2860. 10.1002/esp.4712
  • Brown, S. I., Dickson, M. E., Kench, P. S., & Bergillos, R. J. (2019). Modelling gravel barrier response to storms and sudden relative sea-level change using XBeach-G. MARINE GEOLOGY, 410, 164-175. 10.1016/j.margeo.2019.01.009
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46904
  • Dickson, M. E., Kench, P. S., Ford, B., & Murray, C. (2019). Measuring clast movement on gravel beaches. In P. Wang, J. D. Rosati, M. Vallee (Eds.) Coastal Sediments 2019 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference, 1879-1888. St Petersburg, Tampa: World Scientific Publishing. 10.1142/9789811204487_0162
  • Perry, G. L. W., & Dickson, M. E. (2018). Using Machine Learning to Predict Geomorphic Disturbance: The Effects of Sample Size, Sample Prevalence, and Sampling Strategy. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE, 123 (11), 2954-2970. 10.1029/2018JF004640
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: George Perry
  • Ford, M. R., & Dickson, M. E. (2018). Detecting ebb-tidal delta migration using Landsat imagery. MARINE GEOLOGY, 405, 38-46. 10.1016/j.margeo.2018.08.002
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44960
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Murray Ford
  • Kennedy, D. M., Jones, E. C. V., Dickson, M. E., & Rosser, N. J. (2018). Wind Waves and Cliff Shaking on Macrotidal Shore Platforms: A Case-study from North Yorkshire, UK. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, 436-440. 10.2112/SI85-088.1
  • Kench, P., Ryan, E., Owen, S., Bell, R., Lawerence, J., Glavovic, B., ... Allis, M. (2018). Co-creating resilience solutions to coastal hazards through an interdisciplinary research project in New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 85.10.2112/SI85-300.1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49171
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Ryan


Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 4, Room 469
New Zealand

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