Benjamin Peter HORTON

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Benjamin Peter HORTON

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

Benjamin Horton is the Chair of the Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Principal Investigator of the Earth Observatory of Singapore. He was previously an Assistant and 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 and the American Geophysical Union in 2018. Professor Horton was an author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report and is an editor of the forthcoming sixth assessment report. Professor Horton has received the Linnean Society Award for contributions to biological diversity and evolution, The Higher Education Funding Council for England Excellence in Teaching Award and the Menzies Australian Bicentennial Award for promoting scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia. Professor Horton’s research was cited by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address at the United States Capitol on January 20th 2015.

Professor Horton has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Geology with over 10,000 citations. Professor Horton is supervising or has supervised 23 students to the degree of PhD and 17 postdoctoral scientists, of which 15 now occupy academic positions.

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.