In 2002 Jose earned a PhD in coastal engineering at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. He then worked as a postdoctorate and research professor before coming to Raglan, New Zealand in 2006 to work with the oceanographic consulting group ASR Ltd. In May of 2012, Jose transitioned over to his new role as a director of eCoast.

Jose’s background is in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis on water resources and specialising in numerical modelling. He is particularly interested in tsunami hydrodynamics and the coastal effects of tsunamis. Jose’s other research interests include coastal processes, sediment transport, wave breaking, and the design of erosion control and beach protection structures and schemes. He has also been involved in large-scale laboratory physical modelling projects related to both tsunamis, coastal hydrodynamics and erosion.


  • Ph.D. Ocean and Coastal Engineering
  • M.S. Ocean and Coastal Engineering
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • B.S. Journalism, Telecommunications Production
  • American Geophysical Union
  • New Zealand Coastal Society (IPENZ)
  • Technical Advisor for the Surfbreak Protection Society (NZ) and Save the Waves Coalition


  • Coastal Oceanography – 15 years
  • Tsunami Research- 15 years
  • Field Data Collection – 15 years

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