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Prof. Owen Richard Bernhart

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Prof. Owen Richard Bernhart (ڤlб)

Head & Professor
Ph.D. London (UK)
Office: AAB1220A
Tel : (852) 3411 7188
Fax : (852) 3411 5990
Email: owen@hkbu.edu.hk

 

  Education                                                                                                                        to Top

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

  Teaching Fields / Courses Taught                                                                                   to Top

  • 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

  Research Intereststo Top

  • Palaeolimnology
  • Micropalaeontology
  • Sedimentology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Marine geology

Current Research Projects

  1. Environmental reconstructions in the Olorgesailie Basin, Kenya.
  2. Rhizolith origins, Kenya Rift Valley
  3. Lake Magadi Quaternary geology and hot springs
  4. Hot springs in Iceland and New Zealand
  5. Marine sedimentation and organic matter, Hong Kong

  Selected Recent Publications                                                                                           to Top

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

Renaut, R.W. Owen, R.B., Jones, B., Tiercelin, J-J., Tarits, C., Ego, J., and Konhauser, K.O. in press. The high-temperature, lake-marginal travertines of Loburu hot springs, Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley: genesis and impact of lake level changes. Sedimentology.

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


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