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Prof. Dr. Paul S. Kench

A Special Acknowledgement To:

Prof. Dr. Paul S. Kench

CERF-JCR Lifetime Member


 Paul S. Kench CERF-JCR Lifetime Member

   Head of School
School of Environment
Faculty of Science
University of Auckland
International Collaboration:
Development of a Rapid Carbonate Budget Assessment Protocol for Coral Reefs (2010-2012). This Leverhulme funded Network is establishing and testing new methodologies for the assessment of coral reef health. The project involves researchers from the U.K., Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand and is currently working at reef sites in the Caribbean (Belize, Bahamas and Bonnaire) and will extend this work to the Indo-Pacific in the near future.

Changing Waves and Coasts in the Pacific (2012-2015). This is a joint research initiative with SPC-SOPAC, University of South Pacific (Fiji), UNESCO-IHE (Netherlands), CSIRO and The University of Auckland. The project aims to improve understanding of coastal hazards in small Pacific islands and will undertake detailed field investigations in Fiji and Tuvalu.

REEForm is a working group of the International Association of Geomorphologists. REEForm was established to enhance research effort into the geomorphic understanding of coral reefs and reef landforms. The international network has undertaken research projects in the Maldives and Great Barrier Reef.

Selected Recent Publications:

Kench, P.S.; Thompson, D.; Ford, M.R.; Ogawa, H., and McLean, R.F., 2015. Coral islands defy sea-level rise over the past century: Records from a central Pacific atoll. Geology, 43(6), 515-518.
Kench, P.S.; Owen, S.D., and Ford, M.R., 2014. Evidence for Coral Island Formation During Rising Sea Level in the Central Pacific Ocean. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2013GL059000.
Perry, C.T.; Kench, P.S.; Smithers, S.G.; Riegl, B.; Yamano, H., and O'Leary, M.J., 2011. Implications of reef ecosystem change for the stability and maintenance of coral reef islands. Global Change Biology, 17(12), 3679-3696.
Kench, P.S.; Smithers, S.G.; McLean, R.F., and Nichol, S.L., 2009. Holocene reef growth in the Maldives: Evidence of a mid-Holocene sea-level highstand in the central Indian Ocean. Geology, 37(5), 455-458.
Kench, P.S.; McLean, R.F., and Nichol, S.L., 2005. New model of reef-island evolution: Maldives, Indian Ocean. Geology, 33(2), 145-148.

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