Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Kyle Morgan
Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF), Asian School of the Environment
Assistant Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Assistant Chair (Graduate), Asian School of the Environment
Kyle Morgan is a Nanyang Assistant Professor and National Research Foundation Fellow at the Asian School of Environment and a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. He leads the Coral Reef Geomorphology group at NTU which aims to better understand how physical reef structures and their ecologies (species, assemblages and ecosystems) provide coastal resilience in Southeast Asia.

Kyle is an inter-disciplinary field researcher with degrees in marine biology and coastal geomorphology (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), and a PhD in marine science from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Following his PhD, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (UK) investigating the coral ecology and geological evolution of turbid nearshore reefs on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In 2017, Kyle started at NTU as a Research Fellow examining the physical and biogeochemical effects of sedimentation on Singapore’s coral reefs, before being awarded the AXA Research Fund and NTU Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2019 to understand the impact of human activities on coral reefs in Southeast Asia.
My research interests are focused on the ecology and geomorphology of tropical coastlines, coral reef systems (both turbid and clear-water) and reef islands. My recent work has examined aspects of carbonate and sediment budget studies, and past records of reef growth and environmental change to understand linkages between reef ecological processes and landform development.
• Holocene reef growth histories and coral paleoecology
• Coral reef ecology
• Carbonate and sediment budgets
• Reef island geomorphology
• Artificial reef design
• Turbid coral reefs
  • Assessing the long-term viability of nature-based climate solutions to future sea level rise and marine heatwaves in Singapore
  • Back to the future: Integrating multiscale coral reef functions in Southeast Asia
  • Coastal Vulnerability models small island coastline dynamics: open oceanic and closed water systems
  • Integrating Past, Present and Future Coral Reef Functions in Southeast Asia
  • SingLaby: Investigating Labyrinthulomycetes parasitism in Singapore marine ecosystems
  • Tracking sea surface temperature change in the tropical Indian Ocean over the past five centuries
• 2021 - Nanyang Assistant Professorship
• 2022 - NRF Fellowship
• 2019 - AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
• 2019 - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship