Benjamin Peter HORTON

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Benjamin Peter HORTON

Professor, Associate Chair (Faculty)
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  • PhD in Geography, University of Durham (1998)
  • BA Honors in Geography, University of Liverpool, UK (1992).

Professor Benjamin Horton joined NTU as a tenured Professor in the Asian School of the Environment in 2017 from Rutgers University (USA). He was previously an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Professor Horton obtained his BA from the University of Liverpool, UK, and PhD from the University of Durham, UK. Professor Horton has won a number of awards in his career. For excellence in research, he has received awards from European Geosciences Union (Plinius Medal), American Geophysical Union (Voyager Award) the Geological Society of America (W. Storrs Cole Award) and Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Medal for Research Excellence). He was made a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2013. Professor Horton has published over 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Geology. Professor Horton is supervising or has supervised 21 students to the degree of PhD and 15 postdoctoral scientists, of which 12 now occupy academic positions (7 as Assistant Professors; 2 as associate Professors; and 1 a full Professor). Professor Horton has had an uninterrupted external support of research program from 2004 to 2017, including twenty-one National Science Foundation awards.

Research Interests: 

Professor Horton’s research concerns sea-level change. He aims to understand and integrate the external and internal mechanisms that have determined sea-level changes in the past, and which will shape such changes in the future. Professor Horton’s research impacts upon important ethical, social, economic and political problems specifically facing such coastal regions.

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Selected Publications: 
  1. Horton, B.P., Milker, Y., Dura, T.D., Wang, K., Bridgeland, W.T., Brophy, L., Ewald, Khan, N.S., Engelhart, S.E.,  Nelson, A.R., and Witter, R.C., 2017. The response times of microfossils to rapid sea-level rise using a sudden tidal-flooding experiment in Cascadia. Geology, 45, 535-538.
  2. Meltzner, A.J., Switzer, A.D., Horton, B.P., Ashe, E., Qiu, Q., Hill, D.F., Bradley, S.L., Kopp, R.E., Hill, E.M., Majewski, J.M., Natawidjaja, D.H. and Suwargadi, B.W., 2017. Large regional sea-level oscillations on human timescales, revealed by mid-Holocene corals. Nature Communications. DOI 10.1038
  3. Lin, N., Kopp, R.E., Horton, B.P. and Donnelly, J.P., 2016. Hurricane Sandy’s Flood Frequency increasing from 1800 to 2100. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 12071–12075.
  4. Kopp, R.E., Kemp, A.C., Bittermann, K., Horton, B.P., Donnelly, J.P., Gehrels, W.R., Hay, C.C., Mitrovica, J.X., Morrow, E.D., and Rahmstorf, S. Temperature-driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 1434–1441.
  5. Dutton, A., Carlson, A.E., Long, A.J., Milne, G.A., Clark, P.U., DeConto, R., Horton, B.P., Rahmstorf, S. and Raymo, M.E., 2015. Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. Science, 349, 153.