Professor Chris Perry
Chair in Tropical Coastal Geoscience


Chris Perry is a Professor in Physical Geography at Exeter. His teaching and research interests focus on the geomorphology and sedimentology of tropical coastal and shallow marine environments, and on the impacts of environmental change in these settings. Key areas of on-going funded research are aimed at: (1) Improving understanding of the impacts of environmental change on rates of coral reef growth and on reef carbonate production; (2) Quantifying rates of shallow marine carbonate sediment production; (3) Quantifying rates and timescales of reef initiation and growth within nearshore terrigenous sediment dominated environments; and (4) Quantifying rates and timings of reef island development. Recent and on-going research has encompassed studies in both the Indo-Pacific (Australia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Maldives) and Caribbean regions (Jamaica, Mexico, Barbados, The Bahamas, Bonaire, Belize), and his research has been funded through the UK Research Councils (specifically NERC), Charitable Trusts (The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Society, Nuffield Foundation) and industry (BG Group, PEMEX).

Chris is Chair of REEForm the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) Working Group on Reef and reef landform geomorphology: responses to climatic and environmental change, and Coordinator of ReefBudget - a census based method for determining reef carbonate production rates - set up through a Leverhulme Trust International Research Network. Chris is also a member of the NERC Peer Review College. He has published > 100 peer-reviewed papers and edited book chapters, and co-authored 1 undergraduate textbook.

Broad research specialisms:

Coral reef and reef island geomorphology, tropical marine carbonate production, environmental impacts on coral reef growth, reef and mangrove sediment records of environmental change


BSc Geology (Derby)
PhD Marine Geoscience (Reading)


Contact details

Internal tel3334
Tel+44 (0) 1392 723334
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

Normal T1 Office Hours

Tuesday 9-10

Friday 11-12


Wk T1.05  Tuesday 9-10, Wed 11-12

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