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Dr. Michael Burn

Lecturer

michael.burn@uwimona.edu.jm

 

Website: www.caribbeanenvironments.com

Skype Address: michael-burn

 

Current Research 

  • Environmental change and reconstruction in the Neotropics
  • Tropical palaeoclimatology
  • Quantitative palaeoecology
  • Modern pollen-vegetation relationships

Research Record

Chapters in Books

Mayle, F.E., Burn, M.J ., Power, M. and Urrego, D. (2009): Tropical vegetation and ecosystem dynamics in South America during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). In: F. Vimeux, F. Sylvestre and M. Khodri (Eds.) Past Climate variability in South America and Surrounding regions: From the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene. Developments in Palaeoenvironmental Research, Volume 14. Springer, Dordrecht. doi: 10.1007/978-90-481-2672-9

 

Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Whitney, B.S., Mayle, F.E., Punyasena, S.W., Fitzpatrick, K.A., Burn, M.J. , Guillen, R., Chavez, E., Mann, D., Pennington, T. and Metcalfe, S.E. (2011): A 45 kyr palaeoclimate record from the lowland interior of tropical South America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology , 307 , 177-192. Elsevier, Amsterdam doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.05.012

Burn, M.J., Mayle, F.E. and Killeen, T.J. (2010): Pollen-based differentiation of Amazonian rainforest communitie s and implications for lowland palaeoecology in tropical South America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 295, 1-18. Elsevier, Amsterdam http://www.sciencedirect.com/scidirimg/clear.gifdoi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.05.009

Burn, M.J. and Mayle, F.E. (2008): Palynological differentiation between genera of the Moraceae family and implications for Amazonian palaeoecology. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 149, 187-201. Elsevier, Amsterdam. http://www.sciencedirect.com/scidirimg/clear.gifdoi:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2007.12.003

 

Refereed research articles in preparation

Burn, M.J., Kennedy, L., Bain, A., Perdikaris, S. and Le Blanc, A. (In preparation): A Late Holocene record of Human Ecodynamics from Barbuda, Lesser Antilles.

Whitney, B.S., Mayle, F.E., Burn, M.J., Guillen, R., Chavez, E. Pennington, R. (In preparation): Sensitivity of seasonally-dry tropical forest, lowland Bolivia, to precipitation and temperature change over glacial-interglacial timescales.

 

Conference/Scientific Papers

Kennedy, L., Burn, M.J., Bain, A., Metcalfe, S., Faucher, A., LeBlanc, A., Berland, A., Perdikaris, S. and Staton, C. (2011): Multidisciplinary perspectives on long-term environmental history in Antigua and Barbuda, northeastern Caribbean. Developing International Geoarchaeology Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, Sep 20-24.

Palmer, S.E. and Burn, M.J., (2011): A Late-Holocene record of marine washover events from a coastal lagoon in Jamaica, West Indies. XVIII INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland, July 20-27.

Burn, M.J., Bain, A., Kennedy, L., LeBlanc, A., Faucher, A. and Perdikaris, S. (2011): A Late Holocene record of Human Ecodynamics from Barbuda, Lesser Antilles. XVIII INQUA Congress, Bern, Switzerland, July 20-27.

Bain, A., Burn, M., Kennedy, L., Metcalfe, S., Faucher, A., LeBlanc, A. and Berland, A. (2011): Environmental archaeology, palaeoecology and climate change: a multidisciplinary perspective from Antigua and Barbuda. 24th Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology, July 25-30.

Kennedy, L., Burn, M., Bain, A., LeBlanc, A., Faucher, A. and Perdikaris, S. (2011): Long-term Human Ecodynamics of Barbuda/Antigua from Sedimentary and Archaeological Records. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. April 12th-16th.

Bain, A., Burn, M., Kennedy, L., LeBlanc, A. and Faucher, A. (2011): Recent research in Environmental Archaeology and paleoecology in Antigua and Barbuda. Society for American Archaeology 76th Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California. Abstract 202. March 30th - April 3rd.

Burn, M.J. , Mayle, F.E. and Killeen, T.J. (2010): Differentiation of pollen spectra from Amazonian rainforest communities and implications for lowland palaeoecology in tropical South America. Eos Transactions of the American Geophysical Union , 91 (26), Meet. Am. Suppl., Abstract PP32A-02.

Burn, M.J. and Mayle, F.E. (2007): Palynological characterisation of Amazonian rainforest communities. Quaternary International 167/168 , Supplement p54, XVII INQUA Congress 2007, Cairns, Australia. July 28 – August 3.

 

Technical Reports

LeBlanc, A., Berland, A., Bain, A., Kennedy, L. and Burn, M. (2011): Field Report: Initial Sediment Coring Survey in Antigua. Barbuda Historical Ecology Project January 2011, 1-21.

Bain, A., Kennedy, L., Burn, M.J. and Faucher, A. (2010): Field Report: Archaeobotany, Palaeoclimatology and Archaeoentomology in Barbuda. Barbuda Historical Ecology Project , May 2010, 1-18.

Burn, M.J. (2007): Palynological characterisation of Amazonian rainforest communities in the Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia. Quaternary Newsletter 113 , 59-61. ISSN 0143-2826.

 

Papers presented to workshops and training sessions

Burn, M.J. (2010): Climate change in the Caribbean. Central University New York (CUNY) 2010 Barbuda Archaeology Field School . Codrington, Barbuda, January 2010.

Burn, M.J. (2007): Differentiation of distinct pollen-types of the Moraceae family: implications for Amazonian palaeoecology. British Ecological Society Tropical Ecology Group (BES-TEG), University of Leeds, March 7 th -8 th .

Burn, M.J. (2005): Palynological characterisation of Amazonian rainforest communities, Northeast Bolivia. QRA 4 th International Postgraduate Symposium, University of Plymouth, August 31 st –September 2 nd .

Courses

  • GEOG1201 Introduction to Physical Geography: Climatology component
  • GEOG2202 Atmosphere and Biosphere: Climatology component
  • GEOG2201 Geosphere and Hydrosphere: Hydrosphere component
  • GGEO3203 Climate change in the Tropics (New course in 2009)
  • GEOG2301 Geographic thought and research methods

 

Professional Society Memberships

  1. Member of the Quaternary Research Association
  2. Member of the British Ecological Society  
  3. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

 
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