Dr Shari L Gallop

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: PhD, MSc(Hons), BSc

Te Rarawa; Ngati Maru

Research Interests

I am a physical marine scientist focused on the coast and nearshore, including oceanography, sediment transport and geomorphology. I work in a range of marine environments, on a spectrum of spatial (mm to 1000’s of km) and temporal (s to decades) scales, including in estuaries, open coast beaches, coral reefs and rock coasts. I use a range of techniques such as in situ field measurements, combined with remote sensing techniques (e.g., video) and numerical hydrodynamic and morphodynamic modelling to understand relationships between meteorological, hydrodynamic, and geological processes. I also have a strong track recovery in community education and engagement, including mainstream media such as BBC Coast New Zealand.  I am a founding committee member of Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering and Associate Editor for Anthropocene Coasts.

Research Supervised


Razzaghi, Mojgan (current). Flushing times and water quality in the the Maketū estuary due to river rediversion, University of Waikato (lead supervisor)

Fellowes, Thomas (current). The influence of geological setting on embayed beach geomorphology, storm erosion and recovery, Macquarie University (co-supervisor)

Chirol, Clementine (2018). Morphological evolution of managed realignment schemes, University of Southampton (co-supervisor)

Pitman, Sebastian (2017). Morphological control of rip channel hazard signature, University of Southampton (co-supervisor)


Bailey-Winiata, Akuhata (current). Mapping locations of coastal marae in New Zealand, MSc, University of Waikato (lead supervisor)

De Staerke, Vincent (2018). Decadal evolution of estuarine beaches, Masters, Macquarie University (lead supervisor)

Honors and interns

Whyte, Henry. (2019-2020). Residence time and kaimoana in southern Tauranga Harbour/ Te Awanui, Summer Research Student, University of Waikato (lead supervisor)

Bailey-Winiata, Akuhata (2019-2020). Mapping proximity of New Zealand coastal marae to the coastline and fluvial systems using GIS, Summer Research Student, University of Waikato (co-supervisor)

Denning, Eleanor (2015). The impact of the winter storm activity in 2013-2014 on coastal morphology along the South Coast of the UK, MSci, University of Southampton (lead supervisor)

Li, S. (2015). Identifying clusters of storm wave events at a site in the UK, MSc, University of Southampton (co-supervisor)

Teaching Commitments


Climate; Coastal Sciences; Coastal Zone Management; Marine; Oceanography; Science

Recent Publications

  • Bryan, K. R., Davies-Campbell, J., Hume, T. M., & Gallop, S. L. (2019). The Influence of Sand Bar Morphology on Surfing Amenity at New Zealand Beach Breaks. Journal of Coastal Research, 87(sp1), 44-54. doi:10.2112/SI87-005.1

  • Fellowes, T. E., Vila-Concejo, A., & Gallop, S. L. (2019). Morphometric classification of swell-dominated embayed beaches. Marine Geology, 411, 78-87. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2019.02.004

  • Vila-Concejo, A., Gallop, S. L., Hamylton, S. M., Esteves, L. S., Bryan, K. R., Delgado-Fernandez, I., . . . Splinter, K. (2018). Steps to improve gender diversity in coastal geoscience and engineering. Palgrave Communications, 4(1). doi:10.1057/s41599-018-0154-0 Open Access version:

  • Gallop, S. L., Bryan, K. R., Pitman, S. J., Ranasinghe, R., Sandwell, D. R., & Harrison, S. R. (2018). Rip current circulation and surf zone retention on a double barred beach. Marine Geology, 405, 12-22. doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2018.07.015

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Contact Details

Room: Coastal Marine Field Station, Sulphur Point, Tauranga
Phone: +64 2254587167