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Prof. Owen Richard Bernhart

Prof. Owen Richard Bernhart
(歐文彬教授)

Research Professor

Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Marine Studies

Office:
AAB 1224
Tel:
(852) 3411 7188
Fax:
(852) 3411 5990

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

Owen carries out research in sedimentology, micropalaeontology and geochemistry directed towards environmental reconstructions, palaeoclimatology, process studies and the reconstruction of past hominin habitats. He has worked mainly in East Africa and Hong Kong basins, but also Greece, western Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iceland and New Zealand.

 


PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

  • Member of the Kenya “Geoparks Advisory Board” and the “Great Rift Centre for Research and Development (GRICERD) NGO” from 2018
  • Drafted Research Impact Statement for Geography
    Department Mock Research Assessment Exercise (2018)
  • Member of Scientific Sub-committee of Ocean Park Conservation Foundation (2017 ongoing)

 


ORCID 

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

 


 

Environmental reconstructions in the Olorgesailie and Koora grabens, Kenya

Chert characteristics and origins in rift settings

Neogene geology of the northern Kenya Rift

Lake Magadi Quaternary geology and hot springs

Marine sedimentation in Hong Kong

Scott, J.J., Renaut, R.W., Buatois, L.A., Owen, R.B., McNulty, E.P., Stockhecke, M., Leet, K., Lowenstein, T., Mángano, G.M. 2021. Modern and ancient animal traces in the extreme environments of Lake Magadi and Nasikie Engida, Kenya Rift Valley. In: Rosen M.R, Finkelstein D.B., Park-Boush L., Pueyo S.P. (eds) Limnogeology: Progress, challenges and opportunities: A tribute to Beth Gierlowski-Kordesch. Springer, pp.19–66.

Muiruri, V.M., Owen, R.B., Lowenstein, T.K., Renaut, R.W., Marchant, R., Rucina, S.M., Cohen, A., Deino, A.L., Sier, M.J., Luo, S., Leet, K., Campisano, C., Rabideaux, N., Deocampo, D., Shen, C.C., Mbuthia, A., 2021. A million year vegetation history and palaeoenvironmental record from the Lake Magadi Basin, Kenya Rift Valley. Palaeogeogr. Palaeoecol. Palaeoclimatol. Online at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110247

Muiruri V.M., Owen, R.B., de Cort, G., McNulty, E., Rabideaux, N., Lowenstein, T., Renaut, R.W., Leet, K., Deocampo, D., Cohen, A.S., Campisano, C.J., Billingsley, A., Mbuthia, A. 2021. Middle Pleistocene to recent diatom floras and stratigraphy of the Magadi Basin, southern Kenya Rift. Journal of Paleolimnology 65:315-313.

Potts, R., Dommain, R., Moerman, J.W., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Deino, A.L., Beverly, E.J., Brown, E.T., Deocampo, D. Kinyanjui, R., Lupien, R., Owen, R.B., Rabideaux, N., Riedl, S., Russell, J.M., Stockhecke, M., deMenocal, P., Tyler Faith, J., Garcin, Y., Noren, A., Scott, J.J., Western, D., Bright J., Clark, J.B., Cohen, A.S., Heil, C.W., Keller, C.B., King, J., Levin, N.E., Shannon, K.B., Muiruri, V., Renaut, R., Rucina, S.M, Uno, K. 2020. Increased ecological resource variability during a critical transition in hominin evolution. Science Advances 6(43):eabc8975.

Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B., Lowenstein, T., De Cort, G., McNulty, E., Scott, J.J., Mbuthia, A. 2020. The role of hydrothermal fluids in sedimentation in saline alkaline lakes: evidence from Nasikie Engida, Kenya Rift Valley. Sedimentologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12778.

Buatois, L., Renaut, R.W., Owen R.B., Scott J.,Behrensmeyer  2020. Animal bioturbation preserved in Pleistocene magadiite at Lake Magadi, Kenya Rift Valley, and its implications for the depositional environment of bedded magadiite. Nature Scientific Reports 10:6794.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Muiruri, V., Rabideaux N., Lowenstein, T.K., McNulty, E.P., Leet, K., Deocampo, D., Luo, S., Deino, A.L., Cohen, A., Sier, M.J., Campisano, C. Shen, C-C., Billingsley, A., Mbuthia, A., Stockhecke, M. 2019. Quaternary history of the Lake Magadi Basin, southern Kenya Rift: tectonic and climatic controls. Palaeogeogr, Palaeoclimatol. Palaeoecol. 518, 97–118.

Owen, R.B., Muiruri, V., Lowenstein, T.K., Renaut, R.W., Rabideuax N., Luo, S., Deino, A.L., Sier, M.J., McNulty, E.P., Leet, K., Cohen, A., Campisano, C. Deocampo, D. Shen, C-C., Billingsley, A., Mbuthia, A., 2018. Progressive aridification in East Africa over the last half million years and implications for human evolution. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sciences. 115 (44), 11174–11179.

Potts, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Tyler Faith, J., Tryon, C., Brooks, A.S., Yellen, J., Deino, A., Kinyanjui, R., Clark, J.M., Haradon, C., Levin, N., Meijer, H.J.M., Veatch, E.G., Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., 2018. Environmental dynamics during the onset of the Middle Stone Age in eastern Africa. Science. 360, 86–90.

Owen, R.B., Renaut, R.W., Lowenstein, T.K., 2018. Spatial and temporal geochemical variability in lacustrine sedimentation in the East African Rift System: evidence from the Kenya Rift and regional analyses. Sedimentology 65, 1697–1730.

Buatois, L.A., Renaut, R.W., Scott, J. Owen R.B. 2018. An unusual occurrence of the trace fossil Vagorichnus from hydrothermal silica at Lake Baringo, Kenya Rift Valley: taphonomic and paleoenvironmental significance. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 485, 843-853.

Lowenstein, T.K., Jagniecki, E.A., Carroll, A.R., Smith, M.E., Renaut, R.W., Owen, R.B. 2017. The Green River salt mystery: What was the source of the hyperalkaline lake waters? Earth Science Reviews. 173, 295-306

Campisano, C.J., Cohen, A.S., Arrowsmith, J.R., Asrat, A., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Brown, E.T., Deino, A.L., Deocampo, D.M., Feibel, C.S., Kingston, J.D., Lamb, H.F., Lowenstein, T.K., Noren, A., Olago, D.O., Owen, R.B., Pelletier, J.D., Potts, R, Reed, K.E., Renaut, R.W., Russell, J.M., Russell, J.L., Schäbitz, F., Stone, J.R., Trauth, M.H., Wynn, J.G., 2017. The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Acquiring High-Resolution Paleoclimate Records from the East African Rift System and Their Implications for Understanding the Environmental Context of Hominin Evolution. PaleoAnthropology 1-43. doi:10.4207/PA.2017.ART104.

Renaut, R.W., Owen R.B., Ego, J.K., 2017. Geothermal activity and hydrothermal mineral deposits at the southern end of Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley: impact of lake level changes. Journal of African Earth Science 129, 623–646.

Renaut, R.W., Owen R.B., Ego, J.K., 2017. Geothermal activity and hydrothermal mineral deposits at the southern end of Lake Bogoria, Kenya Rift Valley: impact of lake level changes. Journal of African Earth Science 129, 623–646.

Goman, M, Ashley G.M., Owen R.B., Hover V.C., Majaran D.K., 2017. Late Holocene environmental reconstructions from groundwater fed wetlands of Lake Solai, Kenya. Professional Geographer. 69(3), 1-17.

Cohen A., Campisano C., Arrowsmith R., Asrat A., Behrensmeyer A.K. Deino A., Feibel, Hill A., Johnson R., Kingston J., Lamb H., Lowenstein T., Noren A., Olago D., Owen R.B., Potts R., Reed K., Renaut R., Schäbitz F., Tiercelin J.-J., Trauth M., Wynn J., Ivory S., Brady C., O’Grady R., Rodysill J., Githiri J., Russell J., Foerster V., Dommain R., Rucina S., Deocampo D., Billingsley A., Beck C., Dullo L., Feary D., Garello D., Johnson T., Junginger A., Karanja M., Kimburi E., Mbuthia A., McCartney T., McNulty E., Muiruri V., Nambiro E., Njagi D., Norman J., Rabideaux N., Raub T., Sier M., Smith P., Urban J., Warren M., Wondiymu E., Yost C., 2016. The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Inferring the Environmental Context of Human Evolution from Eastern African Rift Lake Deposits. Scientific Drilling 21, 1–16.

Cohen A., Campisano C., Arrowsmith R., Asrat A., Behrensmeyer A.K. Deino A., Feibel, Hill A., Johnson R., Kingston J., Lamb H., Lowenstein T., Noren A., Olago D., Owen R.B., Potts R., Reed K., Renaut R., Schäbitz F., Tiercelin J.-J., Trauth M., Wynn J., Ivory S., Brady C., O’Grady R., Rodysill J., Githiri J., Russell J., Foerster V., Dommain R., Rucina S., Deocampo D., Billingsley A., Beck C., Dullo L., Feary D., Garello D., Johnson T., Junginger A., Karanja M., Kimburi E., Mbuthia A., McCartney T., McNulty E., Muiruri V., Nambiro E., Njagi D., Norman J., Rabideaux N., Raub T., Sier M., Smith P., Urban J., Warren M., Wondiymu E., Yost C., 2016. The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Inferring the Environmental Context of Human Evolution from Eastern African Rift Lake Deposits. Scientific Drilling 21, 1–16.

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