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Dr Robert Barnett

Dr Robert Barnett

Research Fellow

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 Amory D436

 

Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK

Overview

I am an Earth-system scientist with a specialism in sea-level research. A significant component of my work focuses on reconstructing past sea-level changes using proxy data. This includes the application of salt-marsh foraminifera and testate amoebae as sea-level indicators, which are suitable for generating precise, high-resolution sea-level records for the Holocene. These records are interrogated for signals that relate to isostacy (e.g., glacio-isostatic adjustment), ocean volume changes (e.g., ice-melt flux) and ocean mass redistribution (e.g., via ocean-atmosphere circulation processes). My keen interest in the use of quantitative statistics helps in determining and quantifying the amplitudes and rates of reconstructed sea-level trends. This work is designed to improve our understanding of how different mechanisms contribute to past and ongoing sea-level changes so that we can better predict regional patterns of future sea-level rise.

Having qualified in Environmental Geoscience at Cardiff University, and later in Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth, I have developed broad interests in palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology. As a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, I am involved in a suite of multi-disciplinary projects that derive from ongoing international collaborations. These include sea-level research projects based in South Africa, the U.S.A. and the Mediterranean, a palaeoecology project based in South America and several palaeotidal modelling projects. I also enjoy teaching at Exeter and have contributed to modules on study skills, palaeoenvironmental reconstructions, Quaternary history and peatland ecosystems.

Broad research specialisms

Sea-level research; Quaternary landscapes and stratigraphy; Palaeoecology; Microfossil analysis; Quantitative statistics

Qualifications

Ph.D. Geography, Plymouth University

M.E.Sci. Environmental Geoscience, Cardiff University

Research

Research projects

2017–2020 Towards predicting regional patterns of future relative sea-level rise in the Gulf of St Lawrence using high-resolution late Holocene sea-level reconstructions. University of Exeter, UK, - Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada, collaboration

2017–2019 Sea level and ice-sheet histories throughout eastern Canada since deglaciation: implications for glacio-isostatic adjustment and ocean volume changes through the Holocene. University of Exeter, UK, - Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada, collaboration

2015–2016 Multi-decadal to centennial structure during two millennia of relative sea-level rise in the Baie des Chaleurs, eastern Quebec. Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada

2013–2014 Late Holocene sea-level changes from salt-marsh testate amoebae, foraminifera and coastal deposits throughout the Magdalen Islands, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada. Université du Québec à Rimouski, Canada

2009–2013 Late Holocene relative sea-level changes in South Hinnøya, Arctic Norway. University of Plymouth, UK

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Barnett RL, Newton TL, Charman DJ, Roland Gehrels W (2017). Salt-marsh testate amoebae as precise and widespread indicators of sea-level change. Earth-Science Reviews, 164, 193-207. Abstract.  Full text.
Barnett RL, Garneau M, Bernatchez P (2016). Salt-marsh sea-level indicators and transfer function development for the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Marine Micropaleontology, 122, 13-26.
Barnett RL, Gehrels WR, Charman DJ, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2015). Late Holocene sea-level change in Arctic Norway. Quaternary Science Reviews, 107, 214-230. Abstract.
Barnett RL, Charman DJ, Gehrels WR, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2013). Testate Amoebae as Sea-level Indicators in Northwestern Norway: Developments in Sample Preparation and Analysis. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, 52(3), 115-128. Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Barnett R, Bernatchez P, Garneau M, Brain MJ, Charman DJ, Stephenson DB, Haley S, Sanderson N (In Press). Late Holocene sea-level changes eastern Quebec and potential drivers. Quaternary Science Reviews Full text.
Maezumi SY, Alves D, Robinson M, de Souza JG, Levis C, Barnett RL, Almeida de Oliveira E, Urrego D, Schaan D, Iriarte J, et al (In Press). The legacy of 4,500 years of polyculture agroforestry in the eastern Amazon. Nat Plants, 4(8), 540-547. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Kemp AC, Wright AJ, Edwards RJ, Barnett RL, Brain MJ, Kopp RE, Cahill N, Horton BP, Charman DJ, Hawkes AD, et al (2018). Relative sea-level change in Newfoundland, Canada during the past ∼3000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201, 89-110. Abstract.
Strachan KL, Hill TR, Finch JM, Barnett RL, Frenzel P (2017). Distribution of Salt-Marsh Foraminifera in Two South African Estuaries and the Application as Sea-Level Indicators. Journal of Coastal Research, 333, 619-631. Full text.
Barnett RL, Bernatchez P, Garneau M, Juneau M-N (2017). Reconstructing late Holocene relative sea-level changes at the Magdalen Islands (Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada) using multi-proxy analyses. Journal of Quaternary Science, 32(3), 380-395.
Barnett RL, Newton TL, Charman DJ, Roland Gehrels W (2017). Salt-marsh testate amoebae as precise and widespread indicators of sea-level change. Earth-Science Reviews, 164, 193-207. Abstract.  Full text.
Kemp AC, Wright AJ, Barnett RL, Hawkes AD, Charman DJ, Sameshima C, King AN, Mooney HC, Edwards RJ, Horton BP, et al (2017). Utility of salt-marsh foraminifera, testate amoebae and bulk-sediment δ<sup>13</sup>C values as sea-level indicators in Newfoundland, Canada. Marine Micropaleontology, 130, 43-59. Abstract.  Full text.
Barnett RL, Garneau M, Bernatchez P (2016). Salt-marsh sea-level indicators and transfer function development for the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Marine Micropaleontology, 122, 13-26.
Didier D, Bernatchez P, Boucher-Brossard G, Lambert A, Fraser C, Barnett R, Van-Wierts S (2015). Coastal Flood Assessment Based on Field Debris Measurements and Wave Runup Empirical Model. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 3(3), 560-590.
Strachan KL, Finch JM, Hill TR, Barnett RL, Morris CD, Frenzel P (2015). Environmental controls on the distribution of salt-marsh foraminifera from the southern coastline of South Africa. Journal of Biogeography, 43(5), 887-898.
Barnett RL, Gehrels WR, Charman DJ, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2015). Late Holocene sea-level change in Arctic Norway. Quaternary Science Reviews, 107, 214-230. Abstract.
Strachan KL, Finch JM, Hill T, Barnett RL (2014). A late Holocene sea-level curve for the east coast of South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 110(1/2), 1-9.
Barnett RL, Charman DJ, Gehrels WR, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2013). Testate Amoebae as Sea-level Indicators in Northwestern Norway: Developments in Sample Preparation and Analysis. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, 52(3), 115-128. Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Barnett R, Bernatchez P, Garneau M, Brain MJ, Charman DJ, Stephenson DB, Haley S, Sanderson N (In Press). Late Holocene sea-level changes eastern Quebec and potential drivers. Quaternary Science Reviews Full text.
Maezumi SY, Alves D, Robinson M, de Souza JG, Levis C, Barnett RL, Almeida de Oliveira E, Urrego D, Schaan D, Iriarte J, et al (In Press). The legacy of 4,500 years of polyculture agroforestry in the eastern Amazon. Nat Plants, 4(8), 540-547. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2018

Kemp AC, Wright AJ, Edwards RJ, Barnett RL, Brain MJ, Kopp RE, Cahill N, Horton BP, Charman DJ, Hawkes AD, et al (2018). Relative sea-level change in Newfoundland, Canada during the past ∼3000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201, 89-110. Abstract.
Barnett RL, Bernatchez P, Garneau M, Brain MJ, Charman DJ, Stephenson DB, Haley S, Sanderson N (2018). Supplementary Material to Late Holocene sea-level changes in eastern Québec and potential drivers, Barnett et al. JQSR.  Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Strachan KL, Hill TR, Finch JM, Barnett RL, Frenzel P (2017). Distribution of Salt-Marsh Foraminifera in Two South African Estuaries and the Application as Sea-Level Indicators. Journal of Coastal Research, 333, 619-631. Full text.
Barnett RL, Bernatchez P, Garneau M, Juneau M-N (2017). Reconstructing late Holocene relative sea-level changes at the Magdalen Islands (Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada) using multi-proxy analyses. Journal of Quaternary Science, 32(3), 380-395.
Barnett RL, Newton TL, Charman DJ, Roland Gehrels W (2017). Salt-marsh testate amoebae as precise and widespread indicators of sea-level change. Earth-Science Reviews, 164, 193-207. Abstract.  Full text.
Kemp AC, Wright AJ, Barnett RL, Hawkes AD, Charman DJ, Sameshima C, King AN, Mooney HC, Edwards RJ, Horton BP, et al (2017). Utility of salt-marsh foraminifera, testate amoebae and bulk-sediment δ<sup>13</sup>C values as sea-level indicators in Newfoundland, Canada. Marine Micropaleontology, 130, 43-59. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Barnett RL, Garneau M, Bernatchez P (2016). Salt-marsh sea-level indicators and transfer function development for the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. Marine Micropaleontology, 122, 13-26.

2015

Didier D, Bernatchez P, Boucher-Brossard G, Lambert A, Fraser C, Barnett R, Van-Wierts S (2015). Coastal Flood Assessment Based on Field Debris Measurements and Wave Runup Empirical Model. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 3(3), 560-590.
Strachan KL, Finch JM, Hill TR, Barnett RL, Morris CD, Frenzel P (2015). Environmental controls on the distribution of salt-marsh foraminifera from the southern coastline of South Africa. Journal of Biogeography, 43(5), 887-898.
Barnett RL, Gehrels WR, Charman DJ, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2015). Late Holocene sea-level change in Arctic Norway. Quaternary Science Reviews, 107, 214-230. Abstract.

2014

Strachan KL, Finch JM, Hill T, Barnett RL (2014). A late Holocene sea-level curve for the east coast of South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 110(1/2), 1-9.

2013

Barnett RL, Charman DJ, Gehrels WR, Saher MH, Marshall WA (2013). Testate Amoebae as Sea-level Indicators in Northwestern Norway: Developments in Sample Preparation and Analysis. ACTA PROTOZOOLOGICA, 52(3), 115-128. Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

QRA (2016) Quaternary Research Fund (£1000)

RGS (2011) Dudley Stamp Memorial Award (£500)

QRA (2011) New Research Workers Award (£500)

 


Editorial responsibilities

Guest Editor for the European Geosciences Union journal, Climate of the Past


Other

Professional Associations

RGS-IBG      Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

QRA             Member of the Quaternary Research Association

INQUA          Associated member of the International Union for Quaternary Research

PAGES         Member of Past Global Changes

Teaching

Supervision / Group

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