Paul Kench

Earth Sciences

Areas of interest

Dr Kench is a coastal geomorphologist interested in coastal hazards and the physical and sedimentary processes that govern the formation and change in coastal landforms at a range of temporal scales. He has worked extensively in tropical coral reef systems and temperate gravel and rock coasts. His active research interests include: the evolution of coral reef islands during the Holocene; island and coastline morphodynamics; reconstructing paleo-ocean pH in the central Pacific over the past 2,500 years using geochemical analysis of coral skeletons; the physical response of coastlines to rising sea levels; and, impacts of sea level change on coastal communities. He has worked extensively through the Pacific and Indian Oceans and has active research collaborations with researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, University of Exeter, COAST-LAB at University of Plymouth; ZMT Bremen, University of New South Wales; and Nanyang Technical University.


  • B.A., University of Auckland, NZ, 1988
  • M.A. (Hons), University of Auckland, NZ, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Australia, 1994


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.