Professor Cherith Moses

Biography

Cherith’s doctoral research, at The Queen’s University of Belfast, was concerned with environmental and climatic controls on limestone landforms and landscape development. Before joining Edge Hill as Head of Geography, Cherith worked at Sussex University where she was Head of Geography, Director of Teaching and Learning and Deputy Head of School in the School of Global Studies, University Director for International Recruitment and Development and Director of the Centre for Coastal Research. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Visiting Academic in the Institute of Marine and Limnological Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and lecturer at the University of Brighton.


Qualifications

  • Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Brighton, 1995
  • PhD, ‘The origin and implications of microsolutional features on the surface of limestone’, Queen’s University Belfast, 1994
  • BSc (Honours) Geography (1st Class), Queen’s University Belfast, 1989

External activities

Current:

Recent:

  • invited member of the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (European Commission, DG MARE)
  • Honorary Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the British Society for Geomorphology
  • Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
  • external examiner, BSc Geography at Portsmouth University
  • external examiner, MSc Coastal & Marine Resource Management at Portsmouth University
  • external examiner, MSc Environmental Management at Nottingham University

Membership of Professional Bodies

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Research

Cherith’s research lies broadly within the study of landform development and landscape evolution and focuses on (i) rock weathering and building stone decay and (ii) coastal processes.

Cherith’s research is funded by a variety of organisations including the Environment Agency, the European Union, Defra and NERC. Recent research projects include:

  • Measuring active layer depth to develop predictive models of mixed sediment beach response to wave energies (NERC CASE funded).
  • Beaches At Risk (BAR; EU funded)
  • Understanding the behaviour of cohesive foreshores (Defra funded)
  • Sediment Transport in the Ouse-Newhaven Estuary (STONE; Environment Agency funded)
  • Beach Erosion in the Rives Manche (BERM; EU funded)

On the EU funded European Shore Platform Erosion Dynamics (ESPED) Cherith led the Geotechnical work package.


Supervision

Cherith welcomes applications for PhD research in rock weathering and coastal processes.


Teaching

Cherith teaches across physical geography.


Publications

Book Chapters

Moses, C. (2014) The rock coast of the British Isles: shore platforms. In: Rock coast geomorphology: a global synthesis. Geological Society of London Memoir, pp. 39-55.

Robinson, D.A. and C.A. Moses (2011) Weathering. In: Gregory, K. and A.S. Goudie (2011) The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Dornbusch, U., C.A. Moses, D.A. Robinson and R.B.G. Williams (2010) Soft Copy Photogrammetry to Measure Shore Platform Erosion on Decadal Time Scales. In: D.R. Green (ed.), Coastal and Marine Geospatial Technologies, Coastal Systems  and Continental Margins 13, 129-137.

Dornbusch, U., C.A. Moses, D.A. Robinson and R.B.G. Williams (2004): Laboratory abrasion tests on beach flint shingle. In: Mortimore R.N. and A. Duperret (Eds) 2004 Coastal Chalk Cliff Stability. Geological Society Engineering Special Publication 20, 131-138.

Williams R.B.G., D.A. Robinson, U. Dornbusch, Y.LM.Foote, C.A. Moses, P.R. Saddleton (2004): A sturzstrom-like cliff fall on the chalk coast of Sussex, UK. In: Mortimore R.N. and A. Duperret (Eds) 2004 Coastal Chalk Cliff Stability. Geological Society Engineering Special Publication 20, 89-97.

Robinson D.A. and C.A. Moses (2002) Rapid asymmetric weathering of a limestone obelisk in a coastal environment: Telscombe Cliffs, Brighton, UK. In Prikyl R. and H. Viles (eds) .Understanding and managing stone decay. Karolinum Press.

Smith B. J., Warke P. A., Moses C. A. and Mottershead D. (1997) Natural rock weathering apartheid? In Moropoulou A., Zezza F., Kollias E. and Papachristodoulou I. (Eds), New concepts, technologies and materials for the conservation of historic cities, sites and complexes, Technical Chamber of Greece, 309 – 323.

Moses C. A.  (1996) Methods for assessing stone decay mechanisms in polluted and ‘clean’ environments, Northern Ireland. In Smith B. J. and Warke P. A.  (Eds.) Processes of Urban Stone Decay, Donhead Publishing Ltd, chapter 17, 212 – 227.

Moses C. A. and Viles H. A. (1996) Nanoscale morphologies and their role in the development of karren. In Fornós J. J. and Ginés J. (1996) Karren Landforms, 85 – 96. , Universitat de les Illes Balears. Palma de Mallorca.

Smith B. J., Moses C. A. and Warke P. A. (1996) Modification of karren in arid environments: a case study from southern Tunisia.  In Fornós J. J. and Ginés J. (1996) Karren Landforms, 123 – 136. Universitat de les Illes Balears. Palma de Mallorca.

Moses C. A. and  Smith B. J. (1994) Limestone weathering in supra-tidal zone: an example from Mallorca. In Robinson D. A. and Williams R. B. G. (Eds) Rock weathering and landform evolution, 432 – 451. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.

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Journal Articles

Moses, C., Robinson, D., Kazmer, M., & Williams, R. (2015). Towards an improved understanding of erosion rates and tidal notch development on limestone coasts in the Tropics: 10 years of micro‐erosion meter measurements, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 40(6), 771-782.

Moses, C., Robinson, D. and Barlow, J. (2014) Methods for measuring rock surface weathering and erosion: a critical review. Earth Science Reviews,135. pp. 141-161.

Moses, C. A. (2013). Tropical rock coasts Cliff, notch and platform erosion dynamics. Progress in Physical Geography, 37(2), 206-226.

Inkpen, R, Viles, H, Moses, C and Baily, B (2012) Modelling the impact of changing atmospheric pollution levels on limestone erosion rates in central London, 1980-2010. Atmospheric Environment, 61. pp. 476-481.

Inkpen, R J, Viles, H A, Moses, C, Baily, B, Collier, P, Trudgill, S T and Cooke, R U (2012) Thirty years of erosion and declining atmospheric pollution at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Atmospheric Environment, 62. pp. 521-529.

Moses, C.A. and D.A. Robinson (2011) Chalk coast dynamics: Implications for understanding rock coast evolution. Earth Science Reviews, 109, 63-73.

Curoy J., C.A. Moses, D.A. Robinson and R.B.G. Williams (2009) Profile evolution and active layer measurements on a macrotidal composite gravel beach, Somme Estuary, France. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie 53, 3, 387-409.

Moses C.A. and R.B.G. Williams (2008) Weathering and durability of the Goldsworthy Chalk Stones, South Downs, West Sussex, England. Environmental Geology, 56, 496-506.

Moses, C.A. and R.B.G. Williams (2008) Artificial beach recharge: the South East England experience. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband 52, 3, 107-123.

Dornbusch, U., Robinson, D.A., Moses, C.A. and Williams, R.B.G. (2008a) Temporal and spatial variations of the chalk cliff retreat rate in East Sussex, 1873-2001. Marine Geology, 249, 271-282.

Dornbusch U., D.A. Robinson, C.A. Moses and R.B.G.Williams (2008b) Soft copy photogrammetry to measure shore platform erosion on decadal timescales. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 11, 4, 1,  193 – 200.

Dornbusch, U., D. Robinson, C.A. Moses and R. Williams (2008c) Variation in beach behaviour in relation to groyne spacing and groyne type for mixed sand and gravel beaches, Saltdean, UK. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 52, 3, 125-143.

Dornbusch, U., Williams, R.B.G., Moses, C.A. and Robinson, D.A. (2008) Foreshore Narrowing along the coast of Southeast England – A Re-evaluation. Journal of Coastal Research, 24, 14-24.

Watt, T., Robinson, D.A., Moses, C.A. Moses and Dornbusch, U. (2008) Patterns of surface sediment grain size distribution under the influence of varying wave conditions on a mixed sediment beach at Pevensey Bay, Southeast England. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplementband, 52, 3, 63-77.

Charman R., T. Cane, C.A. Moses and R.B.G. Williams (2007) A device for measuring downwearing on cohesive shore platforms. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32, 14, 2212-2221.

Dornbusch, U., Robinson, D.A., Williams, R.B.G. and C.A. Moses (2007) Shore platform erosion in the vicinity of sea defence structures and the impact of construction methods, Coastal Engineering, 54(11), 801-810.

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Moses C.A., D.A. Robinson, R.B.G. Williams and F. Marques (2006) Laboratory simulations of weathering and erosion processes on shore platforms. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Supplementband, 144, 19-37.

Swantesson J.O.H., C.A. Moses, G.E. Berg and K.M. Hanson (2006) Methods for measuring shoreplatform micro erosion. A comparison of the micro-erosion meter and Laser Scanner. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Supplementband, 144, 1-17.

Dornbusch U., D.A. Robinson, C.A. Moses and R.B.G. Williams (2006) Chalk coast erosion and its contribution to the shingle budget in East Sussex. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Supplementband. 144: 215-230.

Dornbusch U., D.A.Robinson, C.A. Moses, R.B.G.Williams, S. Costa (2006) Retreat of chalk cliffs in the eastern English Channel during the last century. Journal of Maps, 71-78.

Moses C. A. (2003) Observations on Coastal Biokarst, Hells Gate, Lord Howe Island, Australia. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. 47, 1, 83-100.

Dornbusch, U., R.B.G. Williams, C.A. Moses and D.A. Robinson (2002): Life expectancy of shingle beaches: measuring in situ abrasion. Journal of Coastal Research Special Issue 36, 249-255.

Trudgill S.T., H.A. Viles, R. Inkpen, C.A. Moses, W. Gosling, T. Yates, P. Collier, D.I. Smith and R.U. Cooke (2001) Long term measurements – better averages or a longer term record of short term trends? Twenty years of weathering measurements at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 26, 1129-1142

Moses C. A. (2000) Field rock block exposure trials. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie Supplement Band, 120, 33-50.

Mottershead D., Moses C. A. and Lucas G.R. (2000) Lithological control of solution flute form: a comparative study. Zeithschrift für Geomorphologie, 44, 4, 491-512.

Smith B.J., Warke P.A. and Moses C.A. (2000) Limestone weathering in contemporary arid environments: a case study from southern Tunisia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 25, 1343-1354.

Viles H. A. and Moses C. A. (1998) Weathering nanomorphologies: their experimental production and use as indicators of carbonate stone decay. Quarterly Journal Engineering Geology,31, 347-357.

Smith D. I., Greenaway M. A., Moses C. A. and  Spate A. P. (1995) Limestone weathering in eastern Australia. Part 1: Erosion Rate. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 20, 451 – 463.

Moses C. A., Spate A. P., Smith D. I. and Greenaway M. A. (1995) Limestone weathering in eastern Australia. Part 2: surface micromorphology study. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 20, 501 – 514.

Moses C. A. and Smith B. J. (1993) A note on the role of Collema aureforme in solution basin development on a Carboniferous limestone substrate. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 18, 363 – 368

Edited Journal Volume

Hequette A. and C.A. Moses (eds) (2008) Beaches At Risk Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N.F. 52, Supplementary Issue 3, 237 pages, 99 figures, 15 tables.

Recent Conference Proceedings

van Heteren, S., Moses, C.A., van der Ven, T. (2017) Pan-European Coastal Erosion and Accretion: translating incomplete data and information for coastal resilience assessments. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 19, EGU2017-3602.

Moses, C.A. (2017) Erosion of cohesive shorelines: the contribution of shore platform downwearing. A case study on the London Clay, Kent coastline, UK. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 19, EGU2017-3596.

Moses, C, Furlani, S and M. Kazmer (2017) Understanding tidal notch development: examples from tropical and Mediterranean coasts. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 19, EGU2017-3595-1.

Holland, A., Moses, C., Sear D., Cope S. (2016) Mixed sand and gravel beaches: accurate measurement of Active Layer depth and sediment transport volumes using PIT tagged tracer pebbles. American Geophysical Union, Dec. 2016

Moses, C. (2016) Erosion of cohesive shorelines: the contribution of shore platform downwearing. A case study on the London Clay, Kent coastline, UK. American Geophysical Union, Dec. 2016

Holland, A., Moses, C., Sear D., Cope S. (2016) Active layer depth and sediment transport volumes on a mixed sand and gravel beach measured using PIT tagged tracer pebbles. Littoral 2016, Oct. 2016.

Moses, C.A. (2016) Erosion of cohesive shore platforms: London Clay, Isle of Sheppey, UK. Littoral 2016, Oct. 2016.

van Heteren, S., Moses, C and T. van de Ven (2016) Coastal erosion and accretion: translating incomplete data and information into vulnerability assessments. Littoral 2016, Oct. 2016.

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