Dr. Robert Hatfield

Post-doctoral Research Associate, CEOAS

Education & Positions Held:

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, CEOAS, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. 2010 – present. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, EES, University of Windsor, Canada, 2008. Ph.D., Physical Geography, Lancaster University, U.K., 2008. B.Sc. (Hons), Geography, Lancaster University, U.K., 2003.

Research Interests:

Broadly speaking my research interests group around the application of environmental magnetism to sedimentology and sedimentary processes operating both in the past and at the present day in a range of environmental settings. My research to date has focused on the development and application of particle size specific magnetic fingerprinting to soils, tills, suspended sediments, lake sediments, and coastal deposits in order to trace sediments and understand sediment provenance over various time periods from individual fluvial events to Holocene timeframes. I am also interested in paleo-environmental reconstruction and the interactions of both people and climate with the environment, and in turn the effect this has on the sedimentological system. I am currently working on the magnetic ground-truthing of sediments draining Greenland in the North Atlantic with a view to better constrain Greenland’s deglaciation history and paleo-ice sheet extent.

Other Interests:

My (academic) interests in the environment probably stemmed from my love of the great outdoors. When I am not in the lab you will probably find me on a mountain bike, hiking or climbing somewhere, or when the opportunity arises, skiing, (or in the pub).

Download: Curriculum Vitae RGH

Mailing address:
104 CEOAS Admin Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331-5503

Phone: 541.737.3037
Fax: 541.737.2604 
Email: rhatfiel@coas.oregonstate.edu
Office: Burt 108

EPSL (2013)

Source as a controlling factor on the quality and interpretation of sediment magnetic records from the northern North Atlantic


Science Magazine (2011)

Sr-Nd-Pb Isotope Evidence for Ice-Sheet Presence on Southern Greenland During the Last Interglacial


EQS (2013)

Magnetic Proxies and Susceptibility



[19] Coussens, M.F., Wall-Palmer, D., Talling, P.J., Watt, S.F.L, Hatter, S.J., Cassidy, M., Clare, M., Jutzeler, M., Hatfield, R., et al., (2015) Synthesis: stratigraphy and age control for IODP Sites U1394, U1395, and U1396 offshore Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. In Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Stroncik, N.A., and the Expedition 340 Scientists, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 340: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). Link to article PDF[18] Hatfield, R.G., 2015. Data report: stratigraphic correlation of Site U1396 and creation of a composite depth scale and splice. In Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Stroncik, N.A., and the Expedition 340 Scientists, Proceedings of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, 340: Tokyo (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Management International, Inc.). Link to article PDF[17] McCanta, M. C., R.G. Hatfield, B.J. Thompson, S.J. Hook, and E. Fisher (2015) Identifying cryptotephra units using correlated rapid, nondestructive methods: VSWIR spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence, and magnetic susceptibility, Geochemistry, Geophysics, GeosystemsLink to article PDF[16] Hornbach, M.J., Manga, M., Genecov, M., Valdez, R., Miller, P., Saffer, D., Adelstein, E., Lafuerza, S., Adachi, T., Breitkreuz, C., Jutzeler, M., Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Morgan, S., Slagle, A., Talling, P.J., Fraass, A., Watt, S.F.L., Stroncik, N.A., Aljahdali, M., Boudon, G., Fujinawa, A., Hatfield, R.G. et al., (2015) Permeability and pressure measurements in Lesser Antilles submarine slides: Evidence for pressure-driven slow-slip failure, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120, 79868011. Link to article PDF[15] Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Boudon, G., Palmer, M.R., Talling, P.J., Villemant, B., Adachi, T., Aljahdali, M., Breitkreuz, C., Brunet, M., Caron, B., Coussens, M., Deplus, C., Endo, D., Feuillet, N., Fraas, A.J., Fujinawa, A., Hart, M.B., Hatfield, R. G. et al., (2015) Submarine record of volcanic island construction and collapse in the Lesser Antilles arc: First scientific drilling of submarine volcanic island landslides by IODP Expedition 340, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, 420–442. Link to article  PDF[14] Hatfield, R.G. (2014) Particle Size-Specific Magnetic Measurements as a Tool for Enhancing Our Understanding of the Bulk Magnetic Properties of Sediments, Minerals, 4, 758-757. Link to article PDF[13] Wall-Palmer, D., Coussens, M., Talling, P.J., Jutzeler, M., Cassidy, M., Marchant, I., Palmer, M.R., Watt, S.F.L., Smart, C.W., Fisher, J.K., Hart, M.B., Fraass, A., Trofimovs, J., Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Adachi, T., Aljahdali, M., Boudon, G., Breitkreuz, C., Endo, D., Fujinawa, A., Hatfield, R.G. et al., (2014) Late Pleistocene stratigraphy of IODP Site U1396 and compiled chronology offshore of south and south west Montserrat, Lesser Antilles, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15, 3000-3020. Link to article  PDF[12] Reyes, A.V., A.E. Carlson, B. Beard, R.G. Hatfield, J.S. Stoner,  K. Winsor, B. Welke, & D.J. Ullman (2014) South Greenland ice-sheet collapse during Marine Isotope Stage 11, Nature, 510, 525-528. Link to article[11] Hatfield, R.G., Stoner, J.S., Carlson, A.E., Reyes, A.V. and Housen, B.A. (2013)  Source as a controlling factor on the quality and interpretation of sediment magnetic records from the northern North Atlantic. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 368, 69-77. Link to Article   PDF[10] Hatfield, R.G. and Stoner J.S. (2013) Magnetic Properties and Susceptibility, In Elias, S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, Elsevier.   PDF[9] Winsor, K., Carlson, A.E., Klinkhammer, G.P., Stoner, J.S. & Hatfield R.G. (2012) Evolution of the northeast Labrador Sea during the last interglaciation, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q11006 Link to Article   PDF[8] Manga, M., Hornbach, M.J., Le Friant, A., Ishizuka, O., Stroncik, N., Adachi, T., Aljahdali, M., Boudon, G., Breitkreuz, C., Fraass, A., Fujinawa, A., Hatfield, R.G. et al., (2012) Heat flow in the Lesser Antilles island arc and adjacent back arc Grenada basin, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q08007 Link to Article   PDF[7] Gallaway, E., Trenhaile, A.S., Cioppa, M.T. & Hatfield, R.G. (2012) Magnetic mineral transport and sorting in the swash-zone: northern Lake Erie, Canada, Sedimentology. Link to Article   PDF[6] Colville, E.J., Carlson, A.E., Beard, B.L., Hatfield, R.G., Stoner, J.S., Reyes, A.V. & Ullman, D.J. (2011) Sr-Nd-Pb Isotope Evidence for Ice-Sheet Presence on Southern Greenland During the Last Interglacial, Science, 333, 620-623. Link to Article[5] Hatfield, R.G., Cioppa, M.T. & Trenhaile, A.S. (2010) Sediment sorting and beach erosion along a coastal foreland: Magnetic measurements in Point Pelee National Park, Ontario, Canada, Sedimentary Geology, 231, 63-73.   Link to Article[4] Hatfield, R.G. & Maher, B.A. (2009b) Fingerprinting upland sediment sources: particle size-specific magnetic linkages between soils, lake sediments and suspended sediments, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 34 (10), 1359-1373. Link to Article[3] Hatfield, R.G. & Maher, B.A. (2009a) Holocene sediment dynamics in an upland temperate lake catchment: climatic and land-use impacts in the English Lake District, The Holocene, 19 (3), 427-438. Link to Article[2] Hatfield, R.G., Maher, B.A., Pates, J.M. & Barker, P.A. (2008) Sediment dynamics in an upland catchment: changing sediment sources, rates and deposition, Journal of Paleolimnology, 40 (4), 1143-1158. Link to Article[1] Hatfield, R.G. & Maher, B.A. (2008) Suspended sediment characterisation and tracing using a magnetic fingerprinting technique: Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, UK. The Holocene, 18 (1), 105-115. Link to Article