School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Kerrylee Rogers

Kerrylee Rogers

Position:  ARC Future Fellow
Phone:    +61 2 4239 2512
Room:      B41.G30

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Professional profile

Response of coastal landscapes and ecosystems to climate change. Particular research interest is given to the response of coastal wetlands to climate change and their role in carbon sequestration. Research focussed on analyses of sedimentation and the elevation response coastal shorelines, sediment budgets, and carbon store and sources. Techniques employed include surface elevation tables, Geographic Information Systems and isotopic techniques.

  • ARC Future Fellow, University of Wollongong (since 2013)
  • Previous Position, Research Scientist, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
  • PhD, University of Wollongong, 2005

Research interests
  • Response of estuarine shorelines to sea-level rise.
  • Carbon store, sequestration and sources within coastal ecosystems.
  • Management of coastal ecosystems to maintain or enhance ecosystem services.

Current projects
  • Vulnerability of coastal wetland carbon sinks (ARC Future Fellowship - FT130100532)
  • Response of estuaries to climate change: investigating their role as sediment sinks (ARC Linkage Project - LP130101025)

Selected key publications

Searchable Publications List

  • Rogers, K., Saintilan, N. & Copeland, C. 2014. Managed Retreat of Saline Coastal Wetlands: Challenges and Opportunities Identified from the Hunter River Estuary, Australia. Estuaries and Coasts 37, 67-78.
  • Rogers, K., Saintilan, N., Howe, A.J. & Rodríguez, J.F. 2013. Sedimentation, elevation and marsh evolution in a southeastern Australian estuary during changing climatic conditions. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 133, 172-181.
  • Saintilan N., Rogers, K., Mazumder, D. and Woodroffe, C.W. 2013. Allochthonous and autochthonous contributions to carbon accumulation and carbon store in southeastern Australian coastal wetlands. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
  •  Saintilan N. & Rogers K. 2013. The significance and vulnerability of Australian saltmarshes: implications for management in a changing climate. Marine & Freshwater Research 64, 66-79.
  • Rogers K., Saintilan N. & Copeland C. 2012. Modelling wetland surface elevation and its application to forecasting the effects of sea-level rise on estuarine wetlands. Ecological Modelling 244, 148-57.
  • *Oliver T., Rogers K., Chafer C. and Woodroffe C. 2012. Measuring, mapping and modelling: an integrated approach to the management of mangrove and saltmarsh in the Minnamurra River estuary, southeast Australia. Wetlands Ecology and Management 20, 353-371. * denotes Honours student.
  • Rogers K. and Ralph T.J. 2010. Floodplain wetland biota in the Murray-Darling Basin: Water and habitat requirements. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Rogers K., Saintilan, N., and Wilton K. 2006. Vegetation change and surface elevation dynamics of the estuarine wetlands of southeast Australia. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 66, 559-569
  • Rogers K., Saintilan N. and Heijnis J. 2005. Mangrove encroachment of salt marsh in western Port bay, Victoria: The role of sedimentation, subsidence and sea level rise. Estuaries 28, 557-559.

  • Contribution of mangrove and saltmarsh vegetation to sediment volume and carbon store.
  • Response of estuarine shorelines (or coastal wetlands) to a range of climate drivers (e.g. sea-level rise, fetch and wave activity, rainfall/run-off).
  • Mangrove and saltmarsh distribution dynamics.
  • Sources of estuarine sediments and carbon.


Last reviewed: 7 June, 2017