Professor Colin Woodroffe is a coastal geomorphologist in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences at the University of Wollongong. He has a PhD and ScD from the University of Cambridge, and was a lead author on the coastal chapter in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment report. He has studied the stratigraphy and development of coasts in Australia and New Zealand, as well as on islands in the West Indies, and Indian and Pacific Oceans. He has written a comprehensive book on Coasts, form, process and evolution, and co-authored books on The Coast of Australia and Quaternary sea-level changes. He was Chief Scientist on several oceanographic research cruises that examined Lord Howe Island, Balls Pyramid and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs in the Tasman Sea.