Stephanie Duce




Geocoastal Research Group

The University of Sydney

 PhD Candidate (Coral Reef Geomorphology)


Stephanie Duce is a PhD Candidate of The Geocoastal Research Group at The University of Sydney, Australia. Her research examines the morphodynamics and evolution of spur and groove zones which occur on the fore reef slope of many reefs worldwide. Stephanie aims to quantify and contrast the morphology, benthic community composition and hydrodynamics of spur and groove zones in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and French Polynesia. Her research will provide important insight into the formation of these little-studied features and their role in the reef ecosystem.

Stephanie first developed an interest in coral reef geomorphology during her undergraduate degree at James Cook University where her honours research examined the impacts of harbour infrastructure on reef islands in the Torres Strait. She later completed an International Masters in Geospatial Technologies in Europe with a particular focus on data interoperability and Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). After a couple of years working for an environmental consulting company Stephanie decided to return to reef research and was lucky to find the Geocoastal Research Group. She enjoys multidisciplinary research and the opportunity to combine field work with a variety of geospatial technologies, including remote sensing, to better understand the reef, the world and our part in it.


  • Duce, S., Vila-Concejo, A., Hamylton, S., Webster, J. M., Bruce, E. and Beaman, R. J. (2016) A morphometric assessment and classification of coral reef spur and groove morphology, Geomorphology, Vol. 265, pp. 68-83
  • Dechnik, B., Webster, J. M., Webb, G. E., Nothdurft, L. D., Zhao, J. X., Duce, S., Braga, J. C., Harris, D. L., Vila-Concejo, A. and Puotinen, M. (2016) Influence of hydrodynamic energy on Holocene reef flat accretion, Great Barrier Reef. Quaternary Research, Vol. 58(1), pp. 44-53
  • Hamylton, S., Carvalho, R., Vila-Concejo, A., Duce, S. and Roelfsema, C. (2016) Linking pattern to process in reef sediment dynamics at Lady Musgrave Island, southern Great Barrier Reef, Sedimentology. doi: 10.1111/sed.12278
  • Biggs, E.M., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Duncan, J. M. A., Horsley, J., Pauli, N., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F. Curnow, J., Haworth, B., Duce, S. Imanari, Y. (2015) Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: A perspective on livelihoods, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 54, pp. 389-397
  • Duce, S., Vila-Concejo, A., Hamylton, S., Bruce, E., Webster, J. M. (2014) Spur and groove distribution and relationship to relative wave energy, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 70, pp. 115-120
  • Duce, S. and Janowicz, K. (2010) Microtheories for SDI – Accounting for Diversity of Local Conceptualisations at a Global Level. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6292. pp. 27-41
  • Duce, S. (2009) Towards an Ontology for Reef Islands. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Vol. 5892. pp. 175-187

You can find out more about Stephanie’s research using the links below:


Inside a groove on the reef front at Moorea, French Polynesia


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