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

  • 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: hdl:10289/10897

  • Jorat, M. E., Moon, V. G., Hepp, D. A., Kreiter, S., De Lange, W. P., Feldmann, S., & Mörz, T. (2016). Subseafloor investigation of sediments at Southern Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand, before capital dredging.. Journal of Coastal Research, 33(2), 227-242. doi:10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-15-00208.1

  • Cunningham, M. J., Lowe, D. J., Wyatt, J. B., Moon, V. G., & Churchman, G. J. (2016). Discovery of halloysite books in altered silicic Quaternary tephras, northern New Zealand. Clay Minerals. doi:10.1180/claymin.2016.051.3.16 Open Access version: hdl:10289/10691

  • Moon, V. (2016). Halloysite behaving badly: Geomechanics and slope behaviour of halloysite-rich soils. Clay Minerals, 51(3), 517-528. doi:10.1180/claymin.2016.051.3.09

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Contact Details

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