• The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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• Ph.D. Stanford University, 2005 (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
• M.S. Stanford University, 2002 (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
• B.S. University of California, 2000 (Mechanical Engineering)

Roles and responsibilities

Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans

Future research

I have openings for PhD students to study coastal processes in systems that include coral reefs, rocky reefs and sandy beaches along Western Australia. In addition, we have active research to support projects related to wave energy. Potential PhD projects may be related to the current projects listed above, however, I may be able to accommodate additional projects in other areas. If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email with your C.V. as an attachment.

I welcome applications from Australian or international students with a strong background in either science or engineering, together with an enthusiasm for the coastal ocean. Funding opportunities for qualified Ph.D. students are available.

Teaching overview

ENVT3307 Oceanography

This unit covers an introduction to the physics of the ocean; physical properties of sea water; global distribution of temperature and salinity; dynamics governing motion in the ocean; barotropic and baroclinic ocean circulation; heat and salt budgets; water mass formation; major ocean biogeochemical cycles; the dynamics of coastal primary to secondary biological production; and the interaction of ocean processes with benthic biological communities.

SCIE2204 Marine Systems

This unit provides an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects of marine science. Using the framework of the local Western Australia (WA) marine environment, it outlines how the multidisciplinary aspects of marine science are essential in understanding and managing such an ecosystem. Aspects covered include oceanography, geology and geomorphology and marine biology. Students obtain an introduction to the multidisciplinary aspects of marine science; and develop an understanding of the principles of oceanography, geology and geomorphology and how marine organisms interact with the environment.


My research involves the study of how oceanic and atmospheric forcing drives the circulation and distribution of wave energy within a broad range of coastal systems (e.g., on beaches, coral reefs, and rocky shorelines). In most cases, this work is motivated by the need to improve our understanding of the coupling between hydrodynamics and other key processes occurring in marine environments, such as sediment transport, marine ecology and the impact to/from coastal infrastructure. As part of this work, I employ a wide range of field, laboratory and numerical modelling techniques. Major research interests include:

• Coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics
• Numerical modelling of waves and coastal circulation
• Coastal sediment transport
• Benthic boundary layer and canopy flow dynamics
• Biophysical interactions in marine systems
• Renewable wave energy


  • Oceanography
  • Coastal and estuarine processes
  • Numerical modelling of coastal processes
  • Sediment transport
  • Remote sensing
  • Biophysical interactions in marine systems

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 2002 2018

A Numerical Study of Tropical Cyclone-Induced Sediment Dynamics on the Australian North West Shelf

Dufois, F., Lowe, R. J., Rayson, M. D. & Branson, P. M., 1 Aug 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. 123, 8, p. 5113-5133 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

tropical cyclone

Benthic uptake of phytoplankton and ocean-reef exchange of particulate nutrients on a tide-dominated reef

Gruber, R. K., Lowe, R. J. & Falter, J. L., 1 Jul 2018, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 63, 4, p. 1545-1561 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Hydrodynamics of a Tidally Forced Coral Reef Atoll

Green, R. H., Lowe, R. J. & Buckley, M. L., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
coral reefs

Improving predictions of the coastal impacts of wave farms using a phase-resolving wave model

Rijnsdorp, D. P., Hansen, J. & Lowe, R., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

wave energy
wave diffraction
potential flow

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Oral presentation

Effect of seagrass canopies on sediment resuspension in a shallow embayment

Nery Contti Neto (Speaker), Andrew Pomeroy (Speaker), Ryan Lowe (Speaker), Marco Ghisalberti (Speaker)
5 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


EART3337 Coastal Environments

Ryan Lowe, Julien Bourget, Andrew Pomeroy &


Teaching unit (UWA): Course

ENVT3307 Oceanography

Andrew Pomeroy & Gary Kendrick


Teaching unit (UWA): Course