Dr Vicki Moon

Vicki Moon

Senior Lecturer

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

  • Chaneva, J., Kluger, M. O., Moon, V. G., Lowe, D., & Orense, R. P. (2022). Geotechnical properties of liquefied pumiceous layers in lakes. In B. Scott (Ed.), Proceedings of the 7th International Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (pp. 313-318). Sydney: Australian Geomechanics Society.

  • Van Dissen, R., Seebeck, H., Litchfield, N., Barnes, P., Nicol, A., Langridge, R., . . . Lee, J. (2021). Development of the New Zealand community Fault Model – version 1.0. In NZSEE 2021 Annual Conference, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (pp. 9 pages). Conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • 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:

  • Moon, V., & De Lange, W. (2019). Characteristics of sub-surface sediments in southern Stella Passage, Tauranga Harbour (ERI report number 133). Hamilton, New Zealand: Environmental Research Institute.

Find more research publications by Vicki Moon

Contact Details

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