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Prof Bronwen Whitney

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



Key Publications

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  • Insights into past land-use and vegetation change in the Llanos de Moxos (Bolivia) using fungal non-pollen palynomorphs, Loughlin, N., Mayle, F., Nuñez Otaño, N., O'Keefe, J., Duncan, N., Walker, J., Whitney, B. 1 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Archaeological Science
  • Island resource exploitation by the ancient Maya during periods of climate stress, Ambergris Caye, Belize: Island climate refuge of the ancient Maya, Bermingham, A., Whitney, B., Loughlin, N., Hoggarth, J. 1 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
  • Pre-Columbian fire management and control of climate-driven floodwaters over 3,500 years in southwestern Amazonia, Duncan, N., Loughlin, N., Walker, J., Hocking, E., Whitney, B. 5 Oct 2021, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • A Tale of Maize, Palm, and Pine: Changing Socio-Ecological Interactions from Pre-Classic Maya to the Present Day in Belize, Rushton, E., Whitney, B., Metcalfe, S. 17 Oct 2020, In: Quaternary
  • Identifying drivers of forest resilience in long-term records from the Neotropics, Adolf, C., Tovar, C., Kühn, N., Behling, H., Berrío, J., Dominguez-Vázquez, G., Figueroa-Rangel, B., Gonzalez-Carranza, Z., Islebe, G., Hooghiemstra, H., Neff, H., Olvera-Vargas, M., Whitney, B., Wooller, M., Willis, K. 29 Apr 2020, In: Biology Letters
  • 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: A simulation approach, Whitney, B., Smallman, T., Mitchard, E., Carson, J., Mayle, F., Bunting, M. 1 Feb 2019, In: The Holocene
  • Ecosystem turnover in palaeoecological records: The sensitivity of pollen and phytolith proxies to detecting vegetation change in southwestern Amazonia, Plumpton, H., Whitney, B., Mayle, F. 1 Nov 2019, In: The Holocene

Current and Recent Projects

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Paleoethnobotany and Landscape in the Southwestern Amazon, Whitney, B. (Principal Investigator), 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. (Principal Investigator), British Council, 01/04/16 - 31/10/16, £42,500.00

PGR Supervision

  • Loretta-Ann Jilks Palaeoenvironmental investigation into the origin of the domesticated landscapes of southwestern Amazonia Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Adam Bermingham Land use strategies of the ancient Maya in seasonally dry tropical forest ecosystems of the Yucatan Peninsula Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 21/01/2021

Qualifications

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


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