Catherine Chague-Goff
Dr Catherine Chagué-Goff
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Environmental geochemistry, wetland biogeochemisty, tsunamis

Research & Current Projects

Catherine's current research interests include:

- recent, historical and palaeoenvironmental changes (including tsunamis and storms) as well as anthropogenic changes in coastal ecosystems and freshwater wetlands, with particular emphasis on chemical and isotopic signatures;

- development of multi-proxy toolkits to distinguish high-energy events in sedimentary sequences




Claire Kain, PhD candidateTsunami signatures: Reconstructing the dynamics of pre-historic tsunamis from their sedimentary deposits (joint supervised with Prof James Goff)

Darren King, PhD candidate – Tsunami disturbance, recurrence and risk along the New Zealand’s coast: learning from differences in knowledge, practice and belief(joint-supervised with Prof James Goff and Ass/Prof. Wendy Shaw)

Geordie Donaldson, Honours candidate – 1931 Waikari River tsunami - New Zealand’s largest historical tsunami (joint-supervisor with Prof James Goff)


Undergraduate Teaching

Course coordinator

GEOS1111           Fundamentals of Geology

GEOS3321           Fundamentals of Petroleum Geology

Course co-leader

GEOS3621           Natural Hazards and their management

Course contributor

GEOS1211           Environmental Earth Science

GEOS3281           Applied Geochemistry

GEOS3291           Coastal Resource Management



Gentzis, T., Oikonomopoulos, I., Chagué-Goff, C. (accepted). Lignites from the Plains Region of Alberta, Canada. Part 2: Elemental Geochemistry. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. doi: 10.1080/15567036.2014.940094

Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J, Wong, HKY, Cisternas, M. 2015. Insights from geochemistry and diatoms to characterise a tsunami’s deposit and maximum inundation limit. Marine Geology 359, 22-34.

Gadd, P., Heijnis, H., Chagué-Goff, C., Zawadzki, A., Fierro, D., Atahan, P., Croudace, I., Goralewski, J. 2015. ITRAX core scanner capabilities in combination with geochemical and radiochemistry techniques applied to the reconstruction of environmental changes in a local catchment, South Sydney, NSW, Australia. In: Rothwell G., Croudace, I.W. (eds). Micro-XRF studies of sediment cores. Springer, pp. 443-455.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C. 2015. Three large tsunamis on the non-subduction, western side of New Zealand over the past 700 years. Marine Geology 363, 243-260.

Kain, C., Gomez, C., Hart, D.E., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J. 2015. Analysis of environmental controls on tsunami deposit texture. Marine Geology 368, 1-14.

Chagué-Goff, C. 2014. Preface to the Special Issue on “Geochemistry and Environmental Science of Tsunami Deposits”― II. Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi) 123 (6), 791-792.

Chagué-Goff, C., Wong, H.K.Y., Sugawara, D., Goff, J., Nishimura, Y., Beer, J., Szczuciński, W., Goto, K., 2014. Impact of tsunami inundation on soil salinisation – up to one year after the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami. Chapter 10. In: Kontar, Y.A., Santiago-Fandiño, V., Takahashi, T. (eds). Tsunami Events and Lessons Learned: Environmental and Societal Significance. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research 35. Springer Science + Business Media Dordrecht, pp. 193-214.

Dodson, J., Eliot, I., Eliot, M., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J. 2014. Wrack line signatures of high-magnitude water-level events on the north-west Australian coast. Marine Geology 355, 310-317.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C. 2014. The Australian Tsunami database – a review. Progress in Physical Geography 38(2), 218-240.

Goff, J., Terry, J.P., Chagué-Goff, C., Goto, K.  2014. What is a mega-tsunami? Marine Geology 358, 12-17.

Goto, K., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Ikehara, K., Jaffe, B. 2014. Preface for Special Issue of Marine Geology: In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami - three years on. Marine Geology 358, 1.

Goto, K., Ikehara, K., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Jaffe, B. 2014. The 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami - three years on. Marine Geology 358, 2-11.

Ramirez-Herrera, T., Corona, N., Lagos, M., Cerny, J., Goguitchaichvili, A., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Machain, M.L., Zawadzki, A., Jacobsen, G., Carrana-Edwards, A., Lozano, S., Blecher, L. 2014. Unearthing earthquakes and their tsunamis using multiple proxies – the 22 June 1932 event and a probable 14th century predecessor on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. International Geology Review 15(13), 1584-1601.

Schneider, J.-L., Chagué-Goff, C., Bouchez, J.-L., Goff, J., Sugawara, D., Goto, K., Jaffe, B., Richmond, B. 2014. Using magnetic fabric to reconstruct the dynamics of tsunami deposition on the Sendai Plain, Japan – the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami. Marine Geology 358, 89-106.

Chagué-Goff, C., Wong, H.K.Y. 2013. Wet chemical methods (pH, Conductivity, Ion-selective electrodes, Colorimetric analysis, Ion Chromatography, Flame Atomic absorption spectrometry, Inductively Coupled Plasma – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy, Quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry). In: John F. Shroder (editor-in-chief), Switzer, A.D., Kennedy, D.M. (volume editors) Treatise on Geomorphology, Vol. 14, Methods in Geomorphology, pp. 274-281, San Diego: Academic Press.

Nott, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Sloss, C., Riggs, N. 2013. Anatomy of sand beach ridges: evidence from severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi and its predecessors, northeast Queensland, Australia. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118 (3), 1710-1719.

Wilcock, R.J., Monaghan, R.M., McDowell, R.W., Verburg, P., Horrox, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Duncan, M.J., Rutherford, A., Zemansky, G., Scarsbrook, M.R., Wright-Stow, A.E., Howard-Williams, C., Cotton, S. 2013. Managing pollutant inputs from pastoral dairy farming to maintain the water quality of a lake in a high-rainfall catchment. Marine and Freshwater Research 64, 447-459.

Williams, S., Goff, J., Ah Kau, J., Sale, F., Chagué-Goff, C., Davies, T. 2013. Geological investigation of palaeotsunamis in the Samoan islands: interim report and research directions. Science of Tsunami Hazards 32 (3), 156-175.

Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J. 2012. Tsunamis of the northeast Indian Ocean with a particular focus on the Bay of Bengal region – a synthesis and review. Earth-Science Reviews 114, 175-193.

Chagué-Goff, C., Andrew, A., Szczucinski, W., Goff, J., Nishimura, Y. 2012. Geochemical signatures up to the maximum inundation of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami – implications for the 869 AD Jogan and other palaeotsunamis. Sedimentary Geology 282, 65-77.

Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Nichol, S.L., Dudley, W., Zawadzki, A., Bennett, J.W., Mooney, S.D., Fierro, D., Heijnis, H., Dominey-Howes, D., Courtney, C. 2012. Multi-proxy evidence for trans-Pacific tsunamis in the Hawai’ian Islands. Marine Geology 299-302, 77-89. 

Chagué-Goff, C., Niedzielski, P., Wong, H.K.Y., Szczucinski, W., Sugawara, D., Goff, J. 2012. Environmental impact assessment of the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami on the Sendai plain. Sedimentary Geology 282, 175-187.

Courtney, C., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Switzer, A., McFadgen, B.  2012. A synthesis and review of the geological evidence for palaeotsunamis along the coast of SE Australia: the evidence, issues and potential ways forward. Quaternary Science Reviews 54, 99-125.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C. 2012. A review of palaeotsunamis for the Christchurch region, New Zealand. Quaternary Science Reviews 57, 136-156.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Archer, M., Dominey-Howes, D., Turney, C. 2012. The Eltanin asteroid impact – possible South Pacific palaeomegatsunami footprint and potential implications for the Pliocene-Pleistocene transition. Journal of Quaternary Science 27, 660-670.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Nichol, S., Jaffe, B., Dominey-Howes, D. 2012. Progress in palaeotsunami research. Sedimentary Geology 243-244, 70-88.

Goff, J.R., Chagué-Goff, C., Terry, J.P. 2012. The value of a Pacific-wide tsunami database to risk reduction – putting theory into practice. Geological Society Special Publication No 361, 209-220.

Goff, J., McFadgen, B., Chagué-Goff, C., Nichol, S.L. 2012. Palaeotsunamis and their influence on Polynesian settlement. The Holocene 22 (9), 1067-1069.

Goto, K., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Jaffe, B. 2012. The future of tsunami research following the 2011 Tohoku-oki event. Sedimentary Geology 282, 1-13.

Jagodzinski, R., Sternal, B., Szczucinski, W., Chagué-Goff, C., Sugawara, D. 2012. Heavy minerals in the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami deposits - insights into sediment sources and hydrodynamics. Sedimentary Geology 282, 57-64.

Pilarczyk, J.E., Horton, B.P., Witter, R.C., Vane, C.H., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J. 2012. Sedimentary and foraminiferal evidence of the 2011 Tōhoku-oki tsunami on the Sendai coastal plain, Japan. Sedimentary Geology 282, 78-89.

Ramírez-Herrera, M.-T., Lagos, M., Hutchinson, I., Kostoglodov, V., Machain, M.L., Caballero, M., Goguitchaichvili, A., Aguilar, B., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Ruiz-Fernández, A.-C., Ortiz, M., Nava, H., Bautista, F., Lopez, G.I., Quintana, P. 2012. Extreme wave deposits on the Pacific coast of Mexico: tsunamis or storms? - A multi-proxy approach. Geomorphology 139-140, 360-371.

Richmond, B., Szczucinski, W., Chagué-Goff, C., Goto, K., Sugawara, D., Witter, R.C., Tappin, D.R., Jaffe, B., Fujino, S., Nishimura, Y., Goff, J. 2012. Erosion, deposition and landscape change on the Sendai coastal plain, Japan resulting from the March 11, 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami. Sedimentary Geology 282, 27-39.

Szczucinski, W., Kokocinski, M., Rzeszewski, M., Chagué-Goff, C., Cachão, M., Goto, K., Sugawara, D. 2012. Sediment sources and sedimentation processes of 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami deposits on the Sendai Plain, Japan - insights from diatoms, nannoliths and grain size distribution. Sedimentary Geology 282, 40-56.

Bird, D.K., Chagué-Goff, C., Gero, A. 2011. Human response to extreme events: A review of three post-tsunami disaster case studies. Australian Geographer 42 (3), 225-239.

Chagué-Goff, C., Schneider, J.-L., Goff, J.R., Dominey-Howes, D., Strotz, L. 2011. Expanding the proxy toolkit to help identify past events: Lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the 2009 South Pacific Tsunami. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 107-122.

Etienne S., Buckley M., Paris, R., Nandasena, A.K., Clark, K., Strotz, L., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J., Richmond, B. 2011. The use of boulders for characterising past tsunamis: lessons from the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2009 South Pacific tsunamis. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 76-90.

Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., Dominey-Howes, D., McAdoo, B., Cronin, S., Bonté-Grapetin, M., Nichol, S., Horrocks, M., Cisternas, M., Lamarche, G., Pelletier, B., Jaffe, B., Dudley, W. 2011. Palaeotsunamis in the Pacific Islands. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 141-146.

Goff, J., Lamarche, G., Pelletier, B., Chagué-Goff, C., Strotz, L. 2011. Predecessors to the 2009 South Pacific Tsunami in the Wallis and Futuna Archipelago. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 91-106.

Goto, K., Chagué-Goff, C., Fujino, S., Goff, J., Jaffe, B., Nishimura, Y., Richmond, B., Sugawara, D., Szczucinski, W., Tappin, D.R., Witter, R., Yulianto, E. 2011. New insights of tsunami hazard from the 2011 Tohoku-oki event. Marine Geology 290, 46-50.

Okal, E.A., Borrero, J.C., Chagué-Goff, C. 2011. Tsunamigenic predecessors to the 2009 Samoa Earthquake. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 128-140.

Richmond, B.M., Buckley, M., Etienne, S., Chagué-Goff, C., Clark, K., Goff, J., Dominey-Howes, D., Strotz, L. 2011. Deposits, flow characteristics, and landscape change resulting from the September 2009 South Pacific Tsunami in the Samoan Islands. Earth-Science Reviews 107, 38-51.

Sorrell, B.K., Chagué-Goff, C., Basher, L., Partridge, T.R. 2011. N:P ratios, 15N fractionation and nutrient resorption along a nitrogen to phosphorus limitation gradient in an oligotrophic wetland complex. Aquatic Botany 94, 93-101.

Chagué-Goff, C. 2010. Chemical signatures of palaeotsunamis: a forgotten proxy? Marine Geology 271, 67-71.

Chagué-Goff, C., Mark, A.F., Dickinson, K.J.M. 2010. Hydrological processes and chemical characteristics of low-alpine patterned wetlands, south-central New Zealand. Journal of Hydrology 385, 105-119.

Goff, J.R., Dominey-Howes, D., Chagué-Goff, C., Courtney, C. 2010. Analysis of the Mahuika comet impact tsunami hypothesis. Marine Geology 271, 292-296.

Goff, J.R., Nichol, S.L., Chagué-Goff, C., Horrocks, M., McFadgen, B., Cisternas, M. 2010. Predecessor to New Zealand's largest historic trans-South Pacific tsunami of 1868AD. Marine Geology 275, 155-165.

Goff, J.R., Pearce, S., Nichol, S.L., Chagué-Goff, C., Horrocks, M., Strotz, L. 2010. Multi-proxy records of regionally-sourced tsunamis, New Zealand. Geomorphology 118, 369-382.

Nichol, S.L., Chagué-Goff, C., Goff, J.R., Horrocks, M., McFadgen, B.M., Strotz, L.C. 2010. Geomorphology and accommodation space as limiting factors on tsunami deposition: Chatham Island, southwest Pacific Ocean. Sedimentary Geology 229, 41-52.