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Rodger Tomlinson

Griffith Centre for Coastal Management
+61 (0)7 5552 8499 (Work)
G51 2.03B, Gold Coast Campus

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Professor Tomlinson is the Gold Coast City Council Professor of Coastal Management and Foundation Director of the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management at the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. He also convenes the Coastal Node of the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure. He is a Director of the Board of the Gold Coast waterways Authority. He has over 35 of experience in applied research and specialist consultancy in the fields of coastal and water engineering. His early experience was in investigation and design studies with the Sydney Water Board, followed by academic and project appointments with the University of New South Wales Water Research Laboratory. Since 1992 he has been at Griffith University initially as Head of School of Environmental Engineering and since 2000 in his current position. Professor Tomlinson has also led the planning, management and restoration options theme of the National Coastal Cooperative Research Centre and the education program of the Catchment Hydrology Cooperative Research Centre. His research interests are in the area of climate variability and climate change and the implications for open coastline and coastal waterway dynamics, and urban water management. The emphasis of this research is on providing advice to local municipalities on the sustainable management and planning of coastal settlements. Professor Tomlinson has given keynote addresses or invited seminars in Australia, Spain, the UK, France and Italy on his coastal climate impact research. He has published over 300 journal papers, conference presentations, applied research reports and seminars on coastal and estuarine engineering and management. Additionally, since 2007 he has received 3 major state-funded competitive grants (exceeding $3 mill); 5 National Competitive Grants; over 40 external research contracts; and 2 internal infrastructure grants. Since 1992 he has supervised 32 Research Higher Degree and 60 honours equivalent students.


  • Director
    Griffith Centre for Coastal Management1999


  • Bachelor of Engineering
    University of NSW1972 - 1976
  • Doctor Of Philosophy
    University of NSW1978 - 1986