Dr. Alan Trenhaile

Portrait of Dr. Alan Trenhaile

Distinguished University Professor 

School of the Environment
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Canada

Phone: +1 (519) 253-3000 Ext. 2184
Fax: +1 (519) 973-7081

Room 205 Memorial Hall
tren@uwindsor.ca

Education

B.Sc., University of Wales, United Kingdom, 1966
Ph.D.,  University of Wales, United Kingdom, 1969
D.Sc., University of Wales, United Kingdom, 2005

Awards and Honours

Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) University of Wales, United Kingdom, 2005
Appointed to the scientific committee for the International Association of Geomorphologists conference in Paris, Aug. 2013
The Canadian Geomorphological Research Group have named their best student poster award the Alan S. Trenhaile Award (2009)
Appointed 'University Professor', University of Windsor 2007
Alumni Teaching Award, University of Windsor 2006
The Richard J. Russell Award for Coastal Geomorphology and Geography, Association of American Geographers, 2004
Ontario Council of University Faculty Association Teaching Award 1976

Courses 

Introduction to Geomorphology
Introduction to Cartography and Air Photography
Environmental Geomorphology

Publications      

Trenhaile, A.S. 2016. Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto)(6th edition), 589 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 2013: Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto) (5th edition), 576 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 2009: Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto) (4th edition) 584 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 2007: Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto) (3rd edition) 499 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 2004: Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto) (2nd edition) 440 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 1998: Geomorphology: a Canadian Perspective (Oxford University Press, Toronto) (1st edition) 340 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 1997: Coastal Dynamics and Landforms (Oxford University Press, Oxford UK), 366 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 1990: The Geomorphology of Canada (Oxford University Press, Toronto), 240 pp.

Lakhan, V. C. and Trenhaile, A. S. (eds). 1989. Applications in Coastal Modeling. (Elsevier, Amsterdam), 387 pp.

Trenhaile, A. S. 1987: The Geomorphology of Rock Coasts. (Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.) 393 pp.

Series Editor (International Association of Geomorphologists) for a four book series from the 3rd International Conference in Hamilton, Ontario: Geographie sans Frontiers, ed. D. C. Ford and S. B. McCann 1996 Wiley, UK, 260 pp. Geomorphic Hazards, ed. O. Slaymaker, 1996, Wiley, UK. 204 p River Geomorphology, ed. E. J. Hickin 1995 Wiley, UK. 255 p. Steepland Geomorphology ed. O. Slaymaker 1995, Wiley, UK. 281p.

Consultant editor for: The Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, International Association of Geomorphologists, edited by A. Goudie (University of Oxford), Routledge, London, 2 vols.

  • Horacio, J., Munoz-Narciso, E., Trenhaile, A.S., Perez-Alberti, A. 2019. Remote sensing monitoring of a coastal-valley earthflow in northwestern Galicia, Spain. Catena 178, 276-287.
  • Gómez-Pazo, A.,Pérez-Alberti, A., Trenhaile, A.S. 2019. Recording inter-annual changes on a boulder beach in Galicia, northwestern Spain using an unmanned aerial vehicle. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 44, 1004-1014.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2019 Rock coast modelling; Past practice and future prospects in a changing world. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Special Edition, Blanco-Chao, R. and Costa Casais, M. (eds). 7, 34, 1-16.
  • Quartau, R., Trenhaile, A.S., Ramalho, R.S., and Mitchell, N,C. 2018. The role of subsidence in shelf widening around ocean island volcanoes: Insights from observed morphology and modeling. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters 498, 408-17.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2018. Shore platform erosion and evolution: Implications for cosmogenic nuclide analysis. Marine Geology 403. 80-92.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. , Porter, N.I. 2018. Shore platform downwearing in eastern Canada; A 9-14 year micro-erosion meter record. Geomorphology 311, 90-102.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2018. Modelling the effect of rising sea level on beaches with resistant foundations. Marine Geology 395, 1-13. Trenhaile, A.S. 2018. Rock coast research: A critical appraisal of its present status and future direction. In: Xeomorfoloxía e paisaxes xeográficas: catro décadas de investigación e ensino Homenaxe a Augusto Pérez Alberti Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 2018 ISBN 978-84-16533-69-5, pp. 529-546.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2017. Coastal erosion processes and landforms. In Richardson, D. (Editor in Chief), The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley-Association of American Geographers, 1-7. Published online 6 March 2017. DOI 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0001.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2016. Modelling coastal notch morphology and developmental history in the Mediterranean. GeoResJ. 9-12, 77-90.
  • Trenhaile, A. S., 2016. Cliffs and rock coasts. An updated and rewritten version of the paper originally published in 2011 in: Wolanski, E., McLusky, D.S. (Eds), Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science 3, 171–191. Academic Press, Waltham.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2016. Interactive comment on “Controls on the distribution of cosmogenic 10Be across shore platforms” by Martin D. Hurst et al. Earth Surf. Dynam. Discussion. doi:10.5194/esurf-2016-42-RC1 
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2016. Rocky coasts ― their role as depositional environments. Earth Science Reviews 159, 1-13.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2015. Coastal notches: their morphology, formation, and function. Earth-Science Reviews 150, 285-304.
  • Perez-Alberti, A. and Trenhaile, A. S. 2015. Clast mobility within boulder beaches over two winters in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Geomorphology 248, 411-426.
  • Trenhaile, A.S., Gagnon, J., Prestanski, K.J., Porter, N.I. 2015. Cliff notch formation along the sub-tropical La Paz Peninsula, Southern Baja California, Mexico. Marine Geology 368, 15-24.
  • Trenhaile, A,S., Porter, N.I., Prestanski, K. 2015. Shore platforms and cliff-notch transitions along the La Paz Peninsula, Southern Baja, Mexico. Geologica Acta 13, 167-180.
  • Perez-Alberti, A. and Trenhaile, A. S, 2015. An initial evaluation of drone-based monitoring of boulder beaches in Galicia, northwestern Spain. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 40, 105-111.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2014. Modelling marine notch formation by wetting and drying and salt weathering. Geomorphology 224: 139-51
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2014. Modelling the effect of Pliocene-Quaternary changes in sea level on stable and tectonically active land masses. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 39, 1221-35.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2014. Climate change and the impact on rocky coasts. In Kennedy, D.A., Stephenson, W. J., and Naylor, L.A. (eds), Rock Coast Geomorphology: A Global Synthesis. Memoir 40, Geological Society Books, London, 7-17.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2014. The rock coasts of Canada. In Kennedy, D.A., Stephenson, W. J., and Naylor, L.A. (eds), Rock Coast Geomorphology: Memoir 40, A Global Synthesis. Geological Society Books, London, 125-136.
  • Quartau, R., Trenhaile, A.S., Mitchell, N.C., Tempera, F. 2013. Genese e desenvolvimento de plataformas insulares vulcanicas - o casa da Ilha do Faial nos Acores. Geologia de Portugal, volume II - Geologia Meso-cenozoica de Portugal. Editores R. Dias, A. Araujo, P. Terrinha, J.C. Kullberg. Escolar editora, pp. 573-94.
  • Thébaudeau, B., Trenhaile, A.S., and Edwards, R.J. 2013. Modelling the Development of Rocky Shoreline Profiles along the Northern Coast of Ireland. Geomorphology 203, 66-78.
  • Ramalho, R.S., Quartau, R., Trenhaile, A.S., Mitchell, N.C., Woodroffe, C.D., Avila, S.P. 2013. Coastal evolution on volcanic islands; a complex interplay between volcanism, erosion, sedimentation, sea-level change and biogenic production. Earth-Science Reviews 127, 140-170.
  • Perez Alberti, A., Gomes, A., Trenhaile, A.S., Oliviera, M., Horacio, J. 2013. Correlating river terrace remnants using an Equotip hardness tester: an example from the Mino River, northwestern Iberian Peninsula. Geomorphology 192, 59-70.
  • Stephenson W.J., Dickson M.E., and Trenhaile A.S. 2013. Rock Coasts. In: John F. Shroder (ed.) Treatise on Geomorphology, Volume 10, pp. 289-307. San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Trenhaile, A.S., Prestanski, K.J., Porter, N.I., Gagnon, J. 2013. Rock coast erosional forms (notches and shore platforms) on the La Paz Peninsula, Southern Baja, Mexico. Geo-Temas 14, 1-4.
  • Castedo, R., Fernández, M., Trenhaile, A.S., and Paredes, C. 2013. Modelling cyclic recession of cohesive clay coasts: effects of wave erosion and bluff stability. Marine Geology 335, 162-176. Pérez-Alberti, A., Trenhaile, A.S., Pires, A., López-Bedoya, J., Chamine, H., Gomes, A. 2012. The effect of boulders on shore platform development and morphology in Galicia, NW. Spain. Continental Shelf Research 48, 122-137.
  • Gallaway, E., Trenhaile, A.S., Cioppa, M.T., Hatfield, R.G. 2012. Magnetic mineral transport and sorting in the swash-zone: Northern Lake Erie, Canada. Sedimentology 59, 1718-1734.
  • Trenhaile, A. S., 2011. Cliffs and rock coasts, in: Wolanski, E., McLusky, D.S. (Eds), Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science 3, 171–191. Academic Press, Waltham.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2011 Predicting the response of hard and soft rock coasts to changes in sea level and wave height. Climatic Change 109, 599-615.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. and Lakhan, V. C. 2011. Transverse micro-erosion meter measurements; Determining minimum sample size. Geomorphology 134, 431-9.
  • Porter, N. J., Trenhaile, A. S., Prestanski, K. J., and Kanyaya, J. I. 2010. Patterns of surface downwearing on shore platforms in eastern Canada. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 35, 1793-1810.
  • Cioppa, M.T., Porter, N.J., Trenhaile, A.S., Igokwe, B., Vickers, J. 2010. Beach sediment magnetism and sources: Lake Erie, Ontario, Canada. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 36, 674-685.
  • Hatfield, R.G., Cioppa, M.T., and Trenhaile, A.S. (2010). Sediment sorting and beach erosion along a coastal foreland: Magnetic measurements in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada. Sedimentary Geology.231, 63-73.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. (2010). Modeling cohesive clay coast evolution and response to climate change. Marine Geology 277, 11-20.
  • Quartau, R., Trenhaile, A.S., Mitchell, N.C., Tempera, F. 2010. Development of volcanic insular shelves: Insights from observations and modelling of Faial Island in the Azores Archipelago. Marine Geology 275, 66-83.
  • Trenhaile, A.S. 2010. Geomorphology. Encyclopedia of Canada.
  • Porter, N. J., Trenhaile, A. S., Prestanski, K. J., and Kanyaya, J. I. 2010. Shore platform morphology and processes in eastern Canada: the mega-tidal Bay of Fundy. Geomorphology 118, 1-12.
  • Porter, N. J., Trenhaile, A. S., Prestanski, K. J., and Kanyaya, J. I. 2010. Shore platform downwearing in eastern Canada: micro-tidal Gaspe, Quebec. Geomorphology 116, 77-86.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2010. The effect of Holocene changes in relative sea level on the morphology of rocky coasts. Geomorphology 114, 30-41.
  • Naylor, N.A., Stephenson, W.J., and Trenhaile, A.S. 2010. Rock coast geomorphology: Recent advances and future research directions. Geomorphology 114, 3-11.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2009. Modelling the erosion of cohesive clay coasts. Coastal Engineering 56, 59-72.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2008 The development of subhorizontal shore platforms in microtidal environments. Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie52, 105-124.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. (2008) Modelling the role of weathering on shore platform development. Geomorphology 94, 24-39.
  • Quartau, R., Trenhaile, A.S., Mitchell, N.C., and Tempera, F. 2008. Modelling the origin and development of a volcanic island shelf, Faial Island in the Azores Archipelago. Geophysical Research Abstracts 10, A-04021, European Geoscience union, Vienna, 2008.
  • Trenhaile AS, Porter N. J. and Kanyaya JI. 2007. Shore platform processes in eastern Canada. Géographie Physique et Quaternaire 60, 19-30.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. and Porter, N. J. 2007. Can shore platforms be produced solely by weathering processes? Marine Geology 241, 79-92.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. and Kanyaya, J. I. 2007. The role of wave erosion on sloping and horizontal shore platforms in macro- and mesotidal environments. Journal of Coastal Research 23, 298-309.
  • Porter, N. J. and Trenhaile, A. S. (2007). Short-term rock surface expansion and contraction in the intertidal zone. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32, 1379-97.
  • Blanco-Chao, R., Perez Alberti, A., Trenhaile, A. S., Costa Casais, A., and Valcarcel-Diaz, M. 2007. Shore platform abrasion in a para-periglacial environment, Galicia, northwestern Spain. Geomorphology 83, 136-51.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2006 Tidal wetting and drying on shore platforms: An experimental study of surface expansion and contraction. Geomorphology 76, pp. 316-331.
  • Kanyaya, J.I. and Trenhaile, A.S.2005. Tidal wetting and drying on shore platforms: an experimental assessment. Geomorphology 70, pp. 129-146.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2005 Modelling the effect of waves, weathering and beach development on shore platform development. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30, pp. 613-634.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2005: Cliffed coasts. In Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, ed. Schwartz, M. L. (Springer, Netherlands), pp. 237-40.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. (2005): Beach sediment: sources and characteristics. In Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, ed. Schwartz, M. L. (Springer, Netherlands), pp. 177-179.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. (2005): Rock coast processes. In Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, ed. Schwartz, M. L. (Springer, Netherlands), pp. 815-818.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2005: Mass movement. In Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, ed. Schwartz, M. L. (Springer, Netherlands), pp. 633-636.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2004: Shore platform research: a progress report. In: Blanco Chao, R., Perez Alberti, A., and Lopez Bedoya, J. (eds)., Proceses Geomorphologicos y evolucion costera. Actas de la Reunion de Geomorfologia Littoral. Coleccion Cursos y Congresos de la USC, no. 152, Servicio de Publicacions da Santiago, pp. 13-35.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2004: Lacustrine shore platforms in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Zeitscrift fur Geomorphology 48, pp. 441-59.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2004: Modeling the effect of tidal wetting and drying on shore platform development. Journal of Coastal Research 20, pp. 1049-60.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. and Kanyaya, J. 2004: Shore platform processes and development in eastern Canada. Littoral 2004, pp. 564-589.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2004. Modeling the accumulation and dynamics of beaches on shore platforms. Marine Geology 206, 55-72.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2003. The following entries (ranging from 100 to 3000 words) for the International Association of Geomorphologists’ Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, edited by A. Goudie (University of Oxford), Routledge, London: trottoir (pp. 1069), corniche (pp. 191), Vermetid reefs and boilers (pp.1091-1092), shore platforms (pp. 956-959), log-spiral beaches (628-629), coastal ramp (pp. 829), coastal geomorphology (168-172), equilibrium shoreline (pp. 324-325), blow holes (pp. 89), vasques ((1090-1091), coastal notches (pp. 725), stacks (pp. 995), and visors, gutters and plinths (pp. 1092).
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2003. Modeling shore platforms: present status and future developments. Advances in Coastal Modeling, V. C. Lakhan (ed.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 393-409.
  • R. Blanco Chao, M. Costa Casais, A. Martínez Cortizas, A. Pérez Alberti, and A. S. Trenhaile 2003. Evolution And Inheritance of A Rock Coast: Western Galicia, Northwestern Spain. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 28, pp. 757-75.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2002: Rocky coasts, with particular emphasis on shore platforms. Geomorphology 48, pp. 7-22.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2002: Modeling the development of sloping marine terraces on tectonically mobile rock coasts. Marine Geology 185, 341-361.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2001: Modeling the Quaternary evolution of shore platforms and erosional continental shelves. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 26, pp. 1103-28.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2001: Modeling the effect of weathering on the evolution and morphology of shore platforms. Journal of Coastal Research 17, pp. 398-406.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2001: Modeling the effect of late Quaternary interglacial sea levels on the development of wave-cut shore platforms. Marine Geology 172, pp. 205-223. 
  • LaValle, P. D., Lakhan, V. C. and Trenhaile, A. S. 2001: Space-time series modelling of beach and shoreline data. Environmental Modelling and Software 16, 299-307.
  • LaValle, P. D., Lakhan, V. C. And Trenhaile, A. S. 2001: Short-term fluctuations in Lake Erie water levels and the El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Great Lakes Geographer 7, pp. 1-8.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2000: Shore platforms. In: Oxford Companion to the Earth, ed. Hancock, P. L. and Skinner, B. J. (Oxford University Press, UK), pp. 971-3.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2000: Rock Coasts.In: Oxford Companion to the Earth, ed. Hancock, P. L. and Skinner, B. J. (Oxford University Press, UK), pp. 903 - 4.
  • Lakhan, V, C., Trenhaile, A. S. and LaValle, P. D. 2000: Environmental protection effects in a developing country: the case of Guyana. Electronic Green Journal 13. http://egj.lib.uidaho.edu/egj13/lakhan1.html
  • Trenhaile, A. S., LaValle, P. D., and Lakhan, V. C. 2000: Point Pelee - a large cuspate foreland on Lake Erie. Examples in Canadian geomorphology. Canadian Geographer, 44, pp. 191-5.
  • Trenhaile, A. S. 2000: Modeling the evolution of wave-cut shore platforms. Marine Geology 166, pp. 163-78.