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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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  • Ecosystem turnover in palaeoecological records, Plumpton, H., Whitney, B., Mayle, F. 12 Jul 2019, In: The Holocene
  • 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
  • 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. 5 Jun 2019, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Out of Amazonia: Late-Holocene climate change and the Tupi–Guarani trans-continental expansion, Iriarte, J., Smith, R., Gregorio de Souza, J., Mayle, F., Whitney, B., Cárdenas, M., Singarayer, J., Carson, J., Roy, S., Valdes, P. 1 Jul 2017, In: The Holocene
  • Fire, climate and vegetation linkages in the Bolivian Chiquitano seasonally dry tropical forest, Power, M., Whitney, B., Mayle, F., Neves, D., de Boer, E., Maclean, K. Jun 2016, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Pre-Columbian ring ditch construction and land use on a “chocolate forest island” in the Bolivian Amazon, Carson, J., Mayle, F., Whitney, B., Iriarte, J., Soto, J. May 2016, In: Journal of Quaternary Science

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

PGR Supervision

Adam Bermingham Start: 01/10/2016


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