Dr Javier Leon

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Dr Javier Leon


Teaching areas

  • Coastal geomorphology
  • Hydrology and geomorphology
  • Biogeography

Research areas

  • coastal geography
  • coral reefs and islands
  • remote sensing and GI science
  • climate and sea-level rise

Program coordinator


Dr Javier Leon is a geographer with broad interests in geomorphology and is particularly interested in the study and management of coastal systems including sandy beaches and coral reefs. He has developed and collaborated in multidisciplinary research projects combining field data, geospatial techniques and modelling in study sites across the Great Barrier Reef and Eastern coast of Australia and Pacific Islands including Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. His aim is to answer questions related to links between morphology, ecology and management in the current changing climate and sea-level rise context.

Program Coordinator for Bachelor of Environmental Science.

Science Communication:

Check out Seeing the sea-level rise

Watch a 3 minute YouTube video about our research “Polyp to Planet”.

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Year Award
2010 Toni O'Neill Prize, University of Wollongong
Awarded for innovative project work in the spatial sciences
2005 George Jobberns Prize, University of Canterbury
Most outstanding research submitted by a Masters candidate in Geography
2004 New Zealand Coastal Society Student Scholarship
Scholarship offered to support their attendance at the Society's yearly conference
2003 R.W. Morris Prize, University of Canterbury
Excellence in an aspect of physical geography having significance for coastal environments

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Headland sediment bypassing (Noosa)
  • Mapping vegetation/weeds (Fraser Island) or intertidal vegetation (seagrass, marsh, mangroves) using drones
  • 3D visualisation and environmental science
  • Beach monitoring using coastal imaging systems
  • Semi-automated object-based image classification
  • Coral reef islands under climate change (waves and sediment transport)
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