Benjamin HORTON

  • 1994–1998 PhD in Geography, University of Durham, UK
  • 1989–1992 BA Honors in Geography, University of Liverpool, UK
Professional Experience:
  • 2017–present Professor, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2013–2017 Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, USA
  • 2004–2013 Associate and Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • 1998–2004 Lecturer in Geography and Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
Professional Activities:


  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Quaternary Association
  • British Ecological Society
  • Cushman Foundation
  • Geological Society of America
  • Linnean Society
  • Micropaleontological Society
  • Quaternary Research Association

Service to the community

  • 2016-2020 AMQUA Council as a Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses
  • 2016-present European Geosciences Union awards and medal committee
  • 2014-present Associate Editor of Anthropocene
  • 2014-present Associate Editor of Current Climate Change Reports
  • 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017 Guest Editor of a Quaternary Science Reviews Special Publications
  • 2008-2014 Associate Editor of Journal of Foraminiferal Research
  • 2010-present Member of the PALSEA (PALeo-constraints on SEA-level rise) steering committee
  • 2011-present Advisory board member of International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA)’s Commission for Coastal and Marine Processes
  • 2011-2013 Contributing Author (CA) to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (5AR) Working Group I and Expert Reviewer for Working Group III
  • 2010-2014 Project leader of International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) 588 ‘Preparing for coastal change: A detailed process-response framework for coastal change at different timescales’
  • 2010-2014 Scientific advisor to The Future Ocean research of the German Research Foundation
  • 2009-2013 Member of the Review Panel for the Helmholtz Program Geosystem: the changing Earth
  • 2008 Joint Chair of American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biennial Meeting ‘Quaternary Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions and Landscape Responses’
  • 2006 Joint Convener of the Geological Society of America’s Pardee Keynote Symposia Holocene Sea-level Change in North America: A Post-Katrina Assessment
  • 2011-2012 Committee member of the National Research Council, USA for Sea Level Rise in California, Oregon, and Washington
  • 2015 New Jersey Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
  • 2015 Delaware Sea Level Rise Projections Panel
  • 2013 Maryland Sea Level Rise Projections Update Panel
Honours and Awards:
  • 2016-2020 Councilor for Marine Geoprocesses for the American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)
  • 2016 Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union
  • 2014 Voyager Award of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2014 Denis and Jean Wiesenburg Distinguished Lecture in Ocean Science
  • 2013 Fellow of the Geological Society of America
  • 2012 Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010 Medal for Research Excellence by the Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • 2007 The W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award of the Geological Society of America
  • 2004 Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK
  • 2004 The Linnean Society (UK) Award for contributions to biological diversity and evolution
  • 2003 The Higher Education Funding Council for England Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2001 Menzies Australian Bicentennial Award for promoting scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia