Dr Tom Shand

BE(Hons), PhD.


Tom is a Coastal Engineer with 15 years professional and academic experience. Areas of interest include coastal process and hazards, numerical and physical modelling of coastal, offshore and estuarine processes; and the design of coastal structures and beach nourishment schemes. His PhD, undertaken at the University of New South Wales, investigated the effect of wave grouping on wave breaking, long-wave generation and propagation and effects on structural design and hazard. Tom is involved in a range of research and consulting projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific including developing guidelines for coastal protection works in the Pacific and is a co-author on the MfE Climate Change and Coastal Hazard update document. Tom began a position at the University of Auckland in January 2019 as Senior Lecturer in Coastal Engineering and is also a Technical Director of Coastal Engineering at Tonkin + Taylor Ltd.

Research | Current

  • Probabalistic coastal hazard assessment
  • Wave breaking dynamics & wave-structure interaction
  • Innovative coastal protection design 
  • Remote sensing of coastal processes
  • Surfbreak assessment

Teaching | Current

Civil 733 - Coastal Engineering 1


2017: NZ Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Director's Award for Innovation - Tauranga tsunami risk mitigation by evacuation planning

Areas of expertise

  • Coastal process and hazard assessment
  • Wave breaking dynamics & wave-structure interaction
  • Design of coastal and marine structures
  • Numerical and physical modelling
  • Coastal effects assessments
  • Advanced statistical analysis
  • Peer review and expert witness

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Engineering New Zealand (Chartered Professional Engineer, CPEng; International Professional Engineer, IntPE (NZ)
  • New Zealand Coastal Society (outgoing Chair)
  • The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (Vice-Chair, PIANC Young Professional Commission)
  • 37th International Conference on Coastal Engineering 2020 - Local Organising Committee 
  • Australian Coastal Society (member)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shand, T., Reinen-Hamill, R., Kench, P., Ivamy, M., Knook, P., & Howse, B. (2015). Methods for probabilistic coastal erosion hazard assessment. Australian Coasts and Ports 2015 Conference.
  • Shand, T. D., Bailey, D. G., & Shand, R. D. (2012). Automated Detection of Breaking Wave Height Using an Optical Technique. Journal of Coastal Research, 282, 671-682. 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-11-00105.1

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 12, Room 1212
New Zealand