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Dr Bronwen Whitney

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Bronwen WhitneyI studied for my PhD at the University of Edinburgh (2005 – 2009) where I examined climate and vegetation change from the last glacial period until present in the world’s largest tropical wetland.  From there, I continued my research into human and climatic causes of tropical environmental change and I joined Northumbria University in January 2015

Campus Address

Ellison Building A207


  • Geography PhD June 29 2009
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2016

Key Publications

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  • A Tale of Maize, Palm, and Pine, Rushton, E., Whitney, B., Metcalfe, S. 17 Oct 2020, In: Quaternary
  • Palaeoecological potential of phytoliths from lake sediment records from the tropical lowlands of Bolivia, Plumpton, H., Mayle, F., Whitney, B. 1 Apr 2020, In: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology
  • Climate change and cultural resilience in late pre-Columbian Amazonia, de Souza, J., Robinson, M., Maezumi, S., Capriles, J., Hoggarth, J., Lombardo, U., Novello, V., Apaéstegui, J., Whitney, B., Urrego, D., Travassos Alves, D., Rostain, S., Power, M., Mayle, F., da Cruz, F., Hooghiemstra, H., Iriarte, J. 1 Jul 2019, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution
  • Constraining pollen-based estimates of forest cover in the Amazon, Whitney, B., Smallman, T., Mitchard, E., Carson, J., Mayle, F., Bunting, M. 1 Feb 2019, In: The Holocene
  • Ecosystem turnover in palaeoecological records, Plumpton, H., Whitney, B., Mayle, F. 1 Nov 2019, In: The Holocene
  • Physical, ecological and human dimensions of environmental change in Brazil's Pantanal wetland, Schulz, C., Whitney, B., Rossetto, O., Neves, D., Crabb, L., Castro de Oliveira, E., Terra Lima, P., Afzal, M., Laing, A., de Souza Fernandes, L., da Silva, C., Steinke, V., Torres Steinke, E., Saito, C. 15 Oct 2019, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Ecosystem state shifts during long-term development of an Amazonian peatland, Swindles, G., Morris, P., Whitney, B., Galloway, J., Gałka, M., Gallego-sala, A., Macumber, A., Mullan, D., Smith, M., Amesbury, M., Roland, T., Sanei, H., Patterson, R., Sanderson, N., Parry, L., Charman, D., Lopez, O., Valderamma, E., Watson, E., Ivanovic, R., Valdes, P., Turner, T., Lähteenoja, O. Feb 2018, In: Global Change Biology
  • Reassessing climate and pre-Columbian drivers of paleofire activity in the Bolivian Amazon, Maezumi, S., Whitney, B., Mayle, F., de Souza, J., Iriarte, J. 20 Sep 2018, In: Quaternary International
  • Evidence for mid-Holocene rice domestication in the Americas, Hilbert, L., Neves, E., Pugliese, F., Whitney, B., Shock, M., Veasey, E., Zimpel, C., Iriarte, J. 9 Oct 2017, In: Nature Ecology & Evolution

Current and Recent Projects

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  • Paleoethnobotany and Landscape in the Southwestern Amazon, Whitney, B., Arts & Humanities Research Council, 01/06/18 - 31/05/20, £189,234.00
  • Climate and Landscape Change in the Pantanal: Assessing environmental vulnerabilities and future water security in Brazil’s wetland wilderness, Whitney, B., British Council, 01/04/16 - 31/10/16, £42,500.00

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Adam Bermingham Land use strategies of the ancient Maya in seasonally dry tropical forest ecosystems of the Yucatan Start: 01/10/2016

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