Prof. Owen Richard Bernhart (歐文彬教授)

Professor
Ph.D. London (UK)

Office: AAB 1224
Tel: (852) 3411 7188
Fax: (852) 3411 5990
Email: owen@hkbu.edu.hk

ORCID – http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5267-5366

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Department of Geology, University of London, England.
B.Sc., (Honors) Department of Geology, University of Sheffield, England.

TEACHING

Earth Systems: Shaping Landscapes
People and the Physical Environment
Geomorphology
Applied Geomorphology
Coastal Environments and Processes
Selected Topics in the Geography of China
Environmental and Public Health
The Making of Humankind

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Palaeolimnology
Micropalaeontology
Sedimentology
Quaternary geology
Marine geology

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Environmental reconstructions in the Olorgesailie and Koora grabens, Kenya.
Neogene geology of the northern Kenya Rift
Lake Magadi Quaternary geology and hot springs
Marine sedimentation in Hong Kong

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Owen R.B., Renaut, R.W., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Potts, R., 2014. Quaternary geochemical stratigraphy of the Kedong-Olorgesailie section of the southern Kenya Rift Valley. Palaeogeography, Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimatology 396, 194–212.

Lee, K.L., Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Potts, R., Sharp W., 2013. Facies, geochemistry and diatoms of late Pleistocene Olorgesailie tufas, southern Kenya Rift. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 374, 196-217.

Renaut, R.W. Owen, R.B., Jones, B., Tiercelin, J-J., Tarits, C., Ego, J., Konhauser, K.O. 2013. Impact of lake-level changes on the formation of thermogene travertine in continental rifts: Evidence from Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley. Sedimentology 60, 428-468.

Scott, J.J, Renaut, R.W., Owen R.B., 2012. Impacts of flamingos on saline lake margin and shallow lacustrine sediments in the Kenya Rift Valley. Sedimentary Geology 277-78, 32-51.

Owen, R.B., Lee, R., Renaut. R.W., 2012. Early Pleistocene lacustrine sedimentation and diatom stratigraphy at Munya wa Gicheru, southern Kenya Rift Valley. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 331-332, 60-74.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., 2011. Geochemical trends through time and lateral variability of diatom floras in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift Valley. Quaternary Research 76, 167-179.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Stamatakis, M., 2011. Late Miocene lacustrine sedimentation in the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece. Journal of Paleolimnology 46, 51-166.

Jones, B, Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B. 2011. Life cycle of a geyser discharge apron: Evidence from Waikite Geyser, Whakarewarewa geothermal area, North Island, New Zealand. Sedimentary Geology 236, 77-94.

Owen, R.B. and Shaw, R., 2011. Hong Kong Geopark: All in One. Cosmos Books Ltd., 312 pp.

Jones, B, Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B. 2011. Life cycle of a geyser discharge apron: Evidence from Waikite Geyser, Whakarewarewa geothermal area, North Island, New Zealand.Sedimentary Geology 236, 77-94.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., 2011. Geochemical trends through time and lateral variability of diatom floras in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift Valley. Quaternary Research 76, 167-179.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Stamatakis, M., 2011. Late Miocene lacustrine sedimentation in the Mytilinii Basin, Samos Island, Greece. J. Paleolimnol 46, 51-166.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W. Stamatakis, M. 2010. Diatomaceous sedimentation in late Neogene lacustrine basins of western Macedonia, Greece. Journal of Paleolimnology 44, 343-359.

Owen, R.B. & Shaw, R. 2010. Geomorphology. In: Jim, (Ed.) A New Geography of Hong Kong Vol 1, Cosmos Books, pp. 47-81.

Shaw, R., Tang, D.L.K., Owen, R.B., Sewell, R.J. 2010. The Geological History of Hong Kong. Asian Geographer 27, 43-57.

Scott, J.J., Renaut, R.W., Owen R.B. 2010. Taphonomic controls on animal tracks at saline, alkaline Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley: salt efflorescence and clay mineralogy. J. Sedimentary Research 80, 639-665.

Ashley, G.M., Tactikos, J. C., Owen, R.B., 2009. Hominin use of springs and wetlands:  paleoclimate and archaeological records from Olduvai Gorge (1.79-1.74 ma).Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 272, 1-16.

Johnson, C.A., Ashley, G.M, de Wet, C.B., Dvosetsky, R. Park, L., Hover, V.C., Owen, R.B., McBrearty, S., 2009. Tufa as a Record of Perennial Freshwater in a Semi-Arid Rift Basin, Kapthurin Formation, Kenya. Sedimentology 56, 1115-1137.

Owen, R.B., Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K. 2009. Reply to the comment on “Diatomaceous sediments and environmental change in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift Valley” by R.B. Owen, R. Potts, A.K. Behrensmeyer and P. Ditchfield.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 282, 147-148.

Owen R.B., Scott, J.J., Renaut, R.W., Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., 2009. Wetland sedimentation and associated diatoms in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Basin, southern Kenya Rift Valley. Sedimentary Geology 222, 124-137.

Owen, R.B., 2009. Landscape Origins in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and Adjacent Regions. In: Wong, K.K. (Ed.) Hong Kong, Macau & the Pearl River Delta: A Geographical Survey. Hong Kong Educational Publishing Company, pp. 26-67.

Owen R.B. and Shaw, R., 2009. Hong Kong Geopark: Saikung. Cosmos Books Ltd., 120 pp.

Scott, J.J., Renaut, R.W., Buatois, L.A., Owen, R.B., 2009. Biogenic structures in exhumed surfaces around saline lakes: an example from Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley.Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 272, 176-198.

Owen, R.B., Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Ditchfield, P., 2008. Diatomaceous sediments and environmental change in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, southern Kenya Rift Valley. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 269, 17-37. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 282, 147-148.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Jones, B., 2008. Geothermal diatoms: a comparative study of floras in hot spring systems of Iceland, New Zealand and Kenya. Hydrobiologia. 610, 175-192.

Owen, R.A., Owen R.B., Renaut R.W., Scott, J.J., Jones, B., Ashley, G.M., 2008. Mineralogy and origin of rhizoliths on the margins of saline, alkaline Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley. Sedimentary Geology, 203, 143-163.

Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B., Ego, J.K., 2008. Recent changes in geyser activity at Loburu, Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley. GOSA Transactions 10, 4-14.

Scott, J., Renaut, R.W., and Owen R.B., 2008. Preservation and paleoenvironmental significance of a footprinted surface on the Sandai Plain, Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley.Ichnos. 15, 208-231.

Shaw, R. & Owen, R.B., 2008. The Vital Role of Public Education in Geological Conservation. Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Seminar on Geological Conservation and Sustainable Development 2008, 13th August 2008, Hong Kong, pp 69-78.

Jones, B., Renaut, R.W., Torfason, H., Owen, R.B., 2007. The geological history of Geysir, Iceland, a tephrochronological approach to the dating of sinter. J. Geological Society of London, 164, 1241-1252

Jones., B, de Ronde C.E.J, Renaut, R.W. and Owen R.B., 2007. Siliceous Sublacustrine Spring Deposits Around Hydrothermal Vents In Lake Taupo, New Zealand.  J. Geological Society of London, 164, 227-242.

Owen R.B. and Shaw, R., 2007. Hong Kong Landscapes: Shaping the Barren Rock.  Hong Kong University Press, 264 pp.

Scott, J.J., Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B., and Sarjeant, W.A.S., 2007. Biogenic activity, trace formation, and trace taphonomy in the  marginal sediments of saline, alkaline Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift  Valley. In: Bromley, R. and Buatois, L.A., (Eds.) Ichnology at the Crossroads: A  Multidimensional Approach to the Science of Organism -Substrate  Interactions. SEPM Special Publication 88, 309-330.

Jones, B., Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B., Torfason, H., 2005. Growth patterns and implications of complex dendrites in calcite travertines from Lýsuhóll, Snæfellsnes, Iceland. Sedimentology, 52(6), 1277-1302.

Owen, R.B., 2005. Physical Geography and Geology  –  Imprints on a Landscape, Yunnan, China.  Geography 90(3), 279-287.

Owen, R.B., 2005.  Modern fine-grained sedimentation – spatial variability and environmental controls on an inner pericontinental shelf, Hong Kong.  Marine Geology, 214/1-3, 1-26.

Renaut, R. W. and Owen, R.B., 2005. The geysers of Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley, Africa. GOSA Transactions, 9, 4-18