Dr Vicki Moon

Senior Lecturer (Earth Sciences)

Qualifications: MSc PhD Waikato

Research Interests

Geomechanics and engineering geology, particularly soft rocks; volcanic and pyroclastic materials; weathering; mass wasting of weathered and altered rocks; soil erosion from development sites.

Research Supervised


  • Harris, Rachel (2015). The effects of benthic organisms on intertidal sediment erodibility. (chief supervisor Conrad Pilditch).
  • Roddy, Brendan (2010). The use of the sediment fingerprinting technique to quantify the different sediment sources entering the Whangapoua Estuary, North Island, in New Zealand.

MSc (Research)

  • Mills, Philippa (in progress). Initiation of landslides in sensitive soils in the Tauranga region.
  • Garae, Camilla (2015). Estimating patterns and rates of coastal cliff retreat around Tauranga Harbour.
  • Kleyburg, Melissa (2015). Paleoliquefaction in late Pleistocene alluvial sediments in the Hauraki and Hamilton basins.


  • Daysh, Katrina (2013). An investigation into the application of international environmental Greenroads Certification standards to road construction in New Zealand.
  • Cunningham, Michael (2012). Sensitive rhyolitic pyroclastic deposits in the Tauranga region: mineralogy, geomechanics and microstructure of peak and remoulded states.
  • Schicker, Renee (2010). Quantitative landslide susceptibility assessment of the Waikato region using GIS.
  • Wyatt, Justin (2009). Sensitivity and clay mineralogy of weathered tephra-derived soil material in the Tauranga region.

Recent Publications

  • Moon, V. G., & De Lange, W. P. (2017). Landslides research at Omokoroa. In Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga, New Zealand (pp. 17 pages). Open Access version:

  • De Lange, W. P., & Moon, V. G. (2017). Shoreline changes for southeastern Matakana Island (Panepane Point) following capital dredging (2015-16): Shoreline changes for southeastern Matakana Island (Panepane Point) following capital dredging (2015-16) (Environmental Research Institute Report No 95). Hamilton, New Zealand: Environmental Research Institute, University of Waikato. Retrieved from Open Access version:

  • Du, Z., Balks, M., Moon, V., Page, P., Winter, R., & Cunningham, L. (2017). Coal extraction and ground movement at Huntly east coal mine, New Zealand. Australian Geomechanics, 52(1), 59-71.

  • Kluger, M. O., Moon, V. G., Kreiter, S., Lowe, D. J., Churchman, G. J., Hepp, D. A., . . . Mörz, T. (2017). A new attraction-detachment model for explaining flow sliding in clay-rich tephras. Geology, 45(2), 131-134. doi:10.1130/G38560.1 Open Access version:

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Contact Details

Room: DE.1.03
Phone: +64 7 837 9388