Dr Richard Bates

Dr Richard Bates
Reader; Director of Impact, Careers and Enterprise


As an applied geoscientist I use high resolution geophysical methods to study a range of geoscientific areas in marine and terrestrial settings. Over the past 10 yrs a large part of my work has been applied to archaeology, in particular pre-history and the reconstruction of past environments and landscapes. However, following the old maxim that the present is the key to the past I also am extremely interested in using applied geophysical techniques to understanding modern environments that are rapidly changing. See the blog for more about my work.


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Recent publications

50  (of 110 published available) for crb. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Scientific Reports
150,000-year palaeoclimate record from northern Ethiopia supports early, multiple dispersals of modern humans from Africa
Henry Lamb, C. Richard Bates, Charlotte Bryant, Sarah Davies, Dei Huws, Mike Marshall, Helen Roberts 

Archaeological Prospection
vol.Early View 
Durrington Walls and the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project 2010-2016
Vincent Gaffney, Wolfgang Neubauer, Paul Garwood, Christopher Gaffney, Klaus Löcker, C. Richard Bates, Phillipe De Smedt, Eamonn Baldwin, Henry Chapman, Alois Hinterleitner, Mario Wallner, Erich Nau, Roland Filzwieser, Jakob Kainz, Tanja Trausmuth, Petra Schneidhofer, Georg Zotti, Agatha Lugmayer, Immo Trinks, Alex Corkum 
Keywords: Archaeological prospection, Durrington Walls, Stonehenge, Landscape archaeology, Remote sensing, Geophysics
2017 (6)
Northern North Sea and Atlantic Northwest Approaches
Sue Dawson, C. Richard Bates, Caroline Wickham Jones, Alastair Dawson 
2017 (9)
The Changing Landscape of Prehistoric Orkney
Caroline Wickham Jones, C. Richard Bates, Martin Bates, Sue Dawson 
(Chapter (peer-reviewed))
2016 (1/6)
Earth and Planetary Science Letters
Geology and geochronology of the Tana Basin, Ethiopia
Tony Prave, C. Richard Bates, Colin Henry Donaldson, H. Toland, D. J. Condon, D. Mark, Timothy David Raub 
Keywords: LIP, Eocene-Oligocene transition, Lake Tana, Flood basalt, Super eruption
2016 (15/10)
Quaternary Science Reviews
vol.150 pp.130-145
Implications of 36Cl exposure ages from Skye, northwest Scotland for the timing of ice stream deglaciation and deglacial ice dynamics
Vincent Rinterknecht, William Austin, C. Richard Bates, Doug I Benn, james scourse, Didier Bourles, Fiona Danielle Hibbert,  
Keywords: Deglaciation, Scotland, Cosmogenic exposure ages, Chlorine-36
2016 (27/6)
vol.29 pp.254-263
Journey of an Arctic ice island
Anna Crawford, Peter Wadhams, Till Wagner, Alon Stern, Paul Abrahamsen, C. Richard Bates, Ian Church, Kieth Nicholls 
2016 (12)
Archaeological Prospection
vol.23 pp.311-323
2016 (1/11)
Archaeological Review from Cambridge
vol.31 pp.26-48
People and Landscape at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney
Caroline Wickham Jones, Martin Bates, C. Richard Bates, Sue Dawon, Erin Kavanagh 
2016 (12)
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
vol.82 pp.27-71
Rethinking human responses to sea-level rise
chantal conneller, martin bates, C. Richard Bates, tim schadla-hall, edward blinkhorn, james cole, matt pope, beccy scott, andy shaw, david underhill 
Keywords: Sea-level rise, Mesolithic, Marine resources, Channel Islands, Maritime voyaging
2016 (9)
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
vol.45 pp.352-369
Shipwreck evidence from Kilwa, Tanzania
Edward Pollard, C. Richard Bates, Elgidius Ichumbaki, Caesar Bita 
Keywords: Kilwa, Tanzania, Medieval, Shipwrecks, Basalt ballast
2016 (6)
Journal of Archaeological Science
vol.7 pp.394-407
2015 (10)
Journal of Human Evolution
vol.87 pp.32-47
Climatic variability, plasticity, and dispersal
Matt Grove, Henry Lamb, Helen Roberts, Sarah Davies, Mike Marshall, C. Richard Bates, Dei Huws 
Keywords: Evolutionary response to climate, Hominin, Homo sapiens, Dispersal routes, Palaeoclimate, Accumulated plasticity hypothesis
2015 (16/11)
Archaeology International
vol.18 pp.113-123
Discoveries from La Manche
Matthew Pope, Beccy Scott, Josie Mills, Martin Bates, C. Richard Bates, Edward Blinkhorn, Chantal Conneller, Sarah Duffy, Marie-Anne Julien, Anne-Lyse Ravon, andrew shaw 
2015 (27/2)
vol.347 pp.998-1001
Sedimentary DNA from a submerged site reveals wheat in the British Isles 8000 years ago
Oliver Smith, Garry Momber, C. Richard Bates, Paul Garwood, Simon Fitch, Mark Pallen, Vincent Gaffney, Robin G. Allaby 
2015 (18/11)

Thermal age, cytosine deamination and the veracity of 8,000 year old wheat DNA from sediments
Logan Kistler, Oliver Smith, Roselyn Ware, Garry Momber, C. Richard Bates, Paul Garwood, Simon Fitch, Mark Pallen, Vincent Gaffney, Robin Allaby 
2015 (1/2)
The Geographer
vol.Spring 2015 pp.8
(Featured article)
Tides of Change
C. Richard Bates 
Keywords: Archaeology
2015 (24/8)
Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans
vol.120 pp.5820-5835
Wind-driven upwelling around grounded tabular icebergs
Alon Stern, Eric Johnson, Till Wagner, David Holland, Peter Wadhams, C. Richard Bates, Povl Abrahamsen, Keith Nicholls, Anna Crawford, Jonathan Gagnon, Jean-Eric Tremblay 
Keywords: Iceberg, Upwelling, Ekman
2014 (1/3)
vol.88 pp.13-29
A new view from la Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey
B. Scott, M. Bates, C. Richard Bates, C. Conneller, M. Pope, A. Shaw, G. Smith 
Keywords: Channel Islands, Jersey, Middle Palaeolithic, Neanderthal, Mass kill, Mammoth hunting, Bathymetric survey
2014 (7/2)
PLoS One
Hominin footprints from Early Pleistocene deposits at Happisburgh, UK
Nick Ashton, Simon G. Lewis, Isabelle De Groote, Sarah M. Duffy, Martin Bates, C. Richard Bates, Peter Hoare, Mark Lewis, Simon A. Parfitt, Sylvia Peglar, Craig Williams, Chris Stringer 
Keywords: Early Pleistocene , Hominin footprints, Homo antecessor , Sediments, Multi-image photogrammetry , Paleoanthropology
The Cryosphere Discussions
vol.8 pp.1457-1468
Ice–ocean interaction and calving front morphology at two west Greenland tidewater outlet glaciers
N chauche, A Hubbard, C. Richard Bates, J Gascard, J Box, M Koppe, A Sole, P Christoffersen, H Patton 
2014 (3)
British Archaeology
vol.March April 2014 pp.20
One Million Years UK
C. Richard Bates 
2014 (16/8)
Geophysical Research Letters
vol.41 pp.5522-5529
The "footloose" mechanism
T.J.W. Wagner, P. Wadhams, C. Richard Bates, P. Elosegui, A. Stern, D. Vella, E.P. Abrahamsen, Anna Crawford, K.W. Nicholls 
Keywords: Iceberg breakup observations, Iceberg beam theory, Iceberg modeling
2013 (3)
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
vol.42 pp.24-43
A Multi-disciplinary Approach to the Archaeological Investigation of a Bedrock-Dominated Shallow-Marine Landscape
Martin R. Bates, Nigel Nayling, C. Richard Bates, Sue Dawson, Dei Huws, Caroline Wickham-Jones 
Keywords: submerged landscapes, archaeology, prehistory, bathymetry
2013 (3)
Geological Magazine
vol.150 pp.360-366

(Scholarly edition)
The Ebbsfleet Elephant
Francis Wenban-Smith, C. Richard Bates 
2013 (1/12)
Revista de Biologia Tropical
vol.61 pp.1967-1979
2013 (7)
Internet Archaeology
Time and a place
V. Gaffney, S. Fitch, E. Ramsey, R. Yorston, E. Ch'ng, E. Baldwin, C. Richard Bates, C. Gaffney, C. Ruggles, T. Sparrow, A. McMillan, D. Cowley, S. Fraser, C. Murray, H. Murray, E. Hopla, A. Howard 
Keywords: Pit alignment, Mesolithic, Scotland, Calendar, Lunar calendar, Time, Seasons
Journal of Field Robotics
vol.29 pp.880-890
A Hardware Proof of Concept for a Remote-Controlled Glacier-Surveying Boat
Mark Neal, Tom Blanchard, Alun Hubbard, Nolwen Chauche, C. Richard Bates, John Woodward 
2012 (1/1)
Hydro International
An adaptable survey platform for shallow water
C. Richard Bates, P. Fenning 
2012 (11)
Journal of Coastal Research
vol.28 pp.1462-1476
vol.40 pp.923-926
Barrier islands on bedrock:
J Cooper, D Jackson, A Dawson, S Dawson, C. Richard Bates, W Ritchie 
vol.30 pp.61-65
2012 (28/4)
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems
vol.13 pp.-
Morphology of the Faial Island shelf (Azores): The interplay between volcanic, erosional, depositional, tectonic and mass-wasting processes
R. Quartau, N. C. Mitchell, L. M. Pinheiro, H. Duarte, P. O. Brito, C. Richard Bates, J. H. Monteiro 
2012 (1/1)
Predictive Modeling of Dominant Macroalgae Abundance on Temperate Island Shelves (Azores, Northeast Atlantic)
Monique Lea MacKenzie, I. Bashmachnikov, M. Puotinen, R.S. Santos, C. Richard Bates 
Archaeological Prospection
vol.19 pp.147-155
The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project
Chris Gaffney, Vince Gaffney, Wolfgang Neubauer, Eamonn Baldwin, Henry Chapman, Paul Garwood, Helen Moulden, Tom Sparrow, C. Richard Bates, Klaus Loecker, Alois Hinterleitner, Immo Trinks, Erich Nau, Thomas Zitz, Sebastian Floery, Geert Verhoeven, Michael Doneus 
2012 (7)
Journal of Archaeological Science
vol.39 pp.2385-2391
2011 (9)
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology
vol.40 pp.404-416
Geophysical Methods for Wreck-Site Monitoring
C. Richard Bates, Mark Lawrence, Martin Dean, Philip Robertson 
Keywords: monitoring, sonar, management, underwater cultural heritage
2011 (8)
Global and Planetary Change
vol.78 pp.147-161

(Commissioned report)
The Humber Regional Environmental Characterisation
D R Tappin, B Pearse, S Fitch, D Dove, B Geary, J Hill, C Chambers, C. Richard Bates, C Pinnion, M Green, J Gallyot, L Georgiou, D Brutto, S Marzialetti, E Hopla, E Ramsay, H Fielding 

(Commissioned report)
C.R. Wickham-Jones, S. Dawson, C. Richard Bates 
The HMS Sussex Shipwreck Project (Site E-82): Preliminary Report
Neil Cunningham Dobson, Hawk Tolson, Brian Lavery, C. Richard Bates, Fernando Tempera, Jacqui Pearce 
Using seismic facies and pollen analyses to evaluate climatically driven change in a Scottish sea loch (fjord) over the last 20 ka
A Baltzer, C. Richard Bates, Z Mokeddem, M Clet-Pellerin, A-V Walter-Simonnet, C Bonnot-Courtois, William Austin 
Cold stage deposits of the West Sussex Coastal Plain: the evidence from Warblington, Hampshire
M.R. Bates, C. Richard Bates, S. Bates, S. Jones, J.-L. Schenninger, M.J.C. Walker, J.E. Whittaker 
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
vol.19 pp.226-236
vol.MALSF Project No. 4632 
(Commissioned report)

West Street, Selsey
M.R. Bates, C. Richard Bates, P.L. Gibbard, D.H. Keen, S.A. Parfitt, S.M. Peglar, J.-L. Schwenninger, F.F. Wenban-Smith, J.E. Whittaker 

Contact Details:

Dr Richard Bates
Irvine Building
University of St Andrews
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

tel: +44 01334 463997
fax: +44 01334 463949
room: 204
email: crb@st-andrews.ac.uk


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