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Prof. John A. Dearing

Palaeoenvironmental Laboratory, Geography and Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ Southampton

  +44 (0)23 8059 4648

Expertise & Interests

Overview / specialty        Human-environment interactions; social-ecological systems; complex systems science; critical transitions; environmental magnetism
Official PAGES function(s)        Aquatic Transitions Steering Group Member
PAGES interests        Aquatic Transitions, Future Earth, PAGES-endorsed projects
Topics        Ecosystem processes, Human impacts & interactions, Modeling, Sustainability, Thresholds and abrupt changes
Timescales        Anthropocene (last 100 years), Future projection, Observational period
Regions        Asia, Global
Archives        Documentary records, Fluvial deposits, Instrumental records, Lake sediments, Model results
Sector        Academia / Education, Outreach/Communication, Research, Science policy
Discipline        Modeling, (Paleo)ecology, Sedimentology



Selected publications 2012-2015

Zhang, K., Dearing, J.A., Dawson, T.P., Dong, X., Yang, X., Zhang, W. 2015. Poverty alleviation strategies in eastern China lead to critical ecological dynamics, Science of the Total Environment 506–507, 164–181. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.096

Hossain, M.S., Dearing, J.A., Rahman, M.M., and Salehin, M. 2015. Recent changes in ecosystem services and human wellbeing in the Bangladesh coastal zone. Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-014-0748-z

Seddon, A.W.R. et al. 2014. Looking forward through the past: Identification of 50 priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology. 102, 256-267 DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12195

Brown, S., et al. 2014. Shifting perspectives on coastal impacts and adaptation. Nature Climate Change 4, 752-755.2012

Oldfield, F., Barnosky, A., Dearing, J.A., Fischer-Kowalski, M., McNeill, J., Steffen, W. and Zalasiewicz, J. 2014. The Anthropocene Review: Its significance, implications and the rationale for a new transdisciplinary journal. The Anthropocene Review 1, 1-7 http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/ANR-abstract.pdf

Dearing, J.A. et al. 2014. Safe and just operating spaces for regional social-ecological system. Global Environmental Change 28, 227-238. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2014.06.012

Rees, J., Boulton, G., Rosling, H., Smith, S., Kothari, U and Dearing, J. 2014. Working together to address global problems: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Medals and Awards ceremony 2014. The Geographical Journal 180, 281-288. doi:10.1111/geogj.12106

Dearing, J.A. 2013. Why Future Earth needs lake sediment studies. Journal of Paleolimnology. Journal of Paleolimnology March 2013, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 537-545DOI 10.1007/s10933-013-9690-1

Jones R.T., Reinhardt L.W., Dearing, J.A., Crook D.S., Chiverrell. R.W., Welsh, K., and Verges, E. 2013. Detecting climatic signals in an anthropogenically disturbed catchment : The Late Holocene record from the Lac d’Annecy. The Holocene 23, 1329-1339; DOI 10.1177/0959683613486940

Wang, R., Dearing, J.A., Langdon, P.G., Zhang, E., Yang, X., Dakos, V., Scheffer, M. 2012. Reply to Carstensen, J., Telford, R.J. and Birks, H.J.B. Diatom flickering prior to regime shift. 27 June 2013, Nature 498, E12-E13 doi:10.1038/nature12273

Dearing, J.A. 2012. Approaches to understanding long term human-environment interactions - past, present and future. In: Matthews, J.A. (ed) The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change volume 1, Sage Publications, London. Pp. 134-162

Dearing, J.A., Bullock, S., Costanza, R., Dawson, T.P., Edwards, M.E., Poppy, G.M., Smith, G. 2012. Navigating the Perfect Storm: research strategies for social-ecological systems in a rapidly evolving world. Environmental Management 49 (4), 767-775 DOI: 10.1007/s00267-012-9833-6

Costanza, R. et al. 2012. Developing an Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4, 106-114. DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.010

Dearing, J.A., Yang, X., Dong, X., Zhang, E., Chen, X., Langdon, P.G., Zhang, K., Zhang, W. and Dawson, T.P. 2012. Extending the timescale and range of ecosystem services through paleoenvironmental analyses: the example of the lower Yangtze basin. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, E1111-1120 doi:10.1073/pnas.1118263109

Seitzinger, S.P. et al. 2012. Planetary stewardship in an urbanizing world: beyond city limits. Ambio 41, 787-794 DOI 10.1007/s13280-012-0353-7

Wang, R., Dearing, J.A., Langdon, P.G., Zhang, E., Yang, X., Dakos, V., Scheffer, M. 2012. Flickering gives early warning signals of a critical transition to a eutrophic lake state. Nature 492, 419–422. DOI 10.1038/nature11655 REF