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Elizabeth Christie, BSc MSc PhD

Elizabeth Christie, BSc MSc PhD

Research Associate

My interests lie in coastal process numerical modelling including coastal hazards and flooding, wave interaction with vegetation, structure interaction, sediment transport and morphological modelling.



  • 2014- Present: Research Associate, Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


  • PhD, Department of Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK. Thesis: 'Numerical modelling of morphological impacts of Offshore Wind Farms' (EPSRC DTA Studentship).
  • MSc, Applied Physical Oceanography, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor. (NERC Bursary).
  • BSc (Hons.) (First Class), Marine Biology and Oceanography, School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor.

Awards and scholarships

  • 2016: ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant: Embedding Innovative tools for assessing coastal risk and vulnerability in UK flood management
  • 2015: Isaac Newton Trust: Environmental modelling for better management of important coastal habitats
  • 2009: EPSRC Doctoral Training Award
  • 2007: NERC bursary for MSc in Applied Physical Oceanography


  • Coastal hydrodynamic and sediment transport modelling
  • Coastal hazard modelling, coastal risk assessment and resilience measures as part of the EU FP7 RISC-KIT (Resilience Increasing Strategies for Coasts- Toolkit) Project
  • Saltmarsh dynamics and use as a natural coastal defence
  • Wave attenuation modelling over wetlands
  • Long term morphological modelling


  • 2017: Demonstrator for Part 1A Geographical Skills and Methods: Introduction to Statistics
  • 2010-2013: Demonstrator/Teaching Assistant, Department of Engineering, University of Liverpool.

External activities

  • Member of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit
  • Participated in the Cambridge Science Festival for the Department of Geography
  • Finance Officer and Committee Member, International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE), 2012-2013.