Dr Vicki Moon

Vicki Moon

Senior Lecturer (Earth Sciences)

Qualifications: MSc PhD Waikato

Research Supervised


  • Robertson, Thomas (in progress). Sensitive soils derived from rhyolitic tephras within the Bay of Plenty and the subsequent landslides they produce: ameliorating these landslides through manipulation of pore water cation content preventing sliding on an engineering timescale.
  • Spinardi, Francescal (in progress). The geomorphic and geomechanical behavior of Qaternary volcaniclastic soft sediments during seismic events in the Hamilton Basin.
  • Harris, Rachel (2015). The effects of benthic organisms on intertidal sediment erodibility. (chief supervisor Conrad Pilditch).
  • Roddy, Brendan (2010). The use of the sediment fingerprinting technique to quantify the different sediment sources entering the Whangapoua Estuary, North Island, in New Zealand.

MSc (Research)

  • Cave, Ashley (in progress). .
  • Kitchen, Emily (in progress).
  • McQuillan, George (in progress).
  • McKay, Aleesha (2017). Evaluating soil and landscape models to predict liquefaction susceptibility in the Hinuera Formation, Hamilton Basin.
  • Huirama, Manawa (2019). Stream sediment sources: A comparison between a native forest catchment and a mixed-used pine and pasture catchment in the Waikato Region of New Zealand.
  • Mills, Philippa (2017). Initiation of landslides in sensitive soils in the Tauranga region.
  • Garae, Camilla (2015). Estimating patterns and rates of coastal cliff retreat around Tauranga Harbour.
  • Kleyburg, Melissa (2015). Paleoliquefaction in late Pleistocene alluvial sediments in the Hauraki and Hamilton basins.


  • Kuman, Doney (2019). Determination of optimum moisture content and degradation of shear strength over time for Hamilton ash materials.
  • Spinardi, Francesca (2018). Preliminary evaluation of tectonic geomorphological signals within the Hamilton Basin.
  • Robertson, Thomas (2018). Is there a salty solution to sensitive soil sliding in the Bay of Plenty New Zealand?
  • Campbell, Benjamin (2018). Hamilton's hidden hazard: characterisation of two fault zones in northern Hamilton.
  • McKay, Aleesha (2017). Evaluating soil and landscape models to predict liquefaction susceptibility in the Hinuera Formation, Hamilton Basin.
  • Daysh, Katrina (2013). An investigation into the application of international environmental Greenroads Certification standards to road construction in New Zealand.
  • Cunningham, Michael (2012). Sensitive rhyolitic pyroclastic deposits in the Tauranga region: mineralogy, geomechanics and microstructure of peak and remoulded states.
  • Schicker, Renee (2010). Quantitative landslide susceptibility assessment of the Waikato region using GIS.
  • Wyatt, Justin (2009). Sensitivity and clay mineralogy of weathered tephra-derived soil material in the Tauranga region.

Research Interests

Geomechanics and engineering geology, particularly soft rocks; volcanic and pyroclastic materials; weathering; mass wasting of weathered and altered rocks; soil erosion from development sites.

Recent Publications

  • Kluger, M. O., Jorat, M. E., Moon, V. G., Kreiter, S., De Lange, W. P., Mörz, T., . . . Lowe, D. J. (2020). Rainfall threshold for initiating effective stress decrease and failure in weathered tephra slopes. Landslides, 17, 267-281. doi:10.1007/s10346-019-01289-2 Open Access version:

  • Nguyen, H. M., Bryan, K. R., Pilditch, C. A., & Moon, V. G. (2019). Influence of ambient temperature on erosion properties of exposed cohesive sediment from an intertidal mudflat. Geo-Marine Letters, 39(4), 337-347. doi:10.1007/s00367-019-00579-x

  • Prentice, M. L., Pittari, A., Barker, S. L. L., & Moon, V. G. (2019). Volcanogenic processes and petrogenesis of the early Pleistocene andesitic-dacitic Maungatautari composite cone, Central Waikato, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics. doi:10.1080/00288306.2019.1656259

  • Moon, V., De Lange, W., Manderson, T., & Robertson, T. (2019). Triggering of landslides in sensitive soils, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. In P. J. J. Kamp, & A. Pittari (Eds.), Abstract Volume: Geosciences 2019 (pp. 139). Conference held in Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: DE.1.03
Phone: +64 7 837 9388