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Bax R. Barton, M.Sc.

Quaternary Paleoecology


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Bax R. Barton is a Research Associate in the Paleontology Division of the Burke Museum, specializing in the biogeography and palaeoecology of Cenozoic vertebrates of the Pacific Northwest. He earned a Master of Science degree in Quaternary Science from Northern Arizona University, and much of his research focuses on Ice Age megafauna and late Pleistocene extinctions in the Pacific Northwest. Bax is a principle investigator on the Lakeview Elementary mammoth find in Kirkland, Washington, and is currently working as research faculty (Paleontology and Palaeoecology) on the Wenas Creek Mammoth Project (CWU) near Selah, Washington. In addition to his research, Bax is Curator of Special Collections in the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington, an Associate Editor of the journal ‘Quaternary Research’, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Scientific Association.


Selected Publications

Barton, B.R., Shapley, J.T., Lubinski, P.M., Lillquist, K., and M. Uebelacker. 2005. Central Washington University Field School : Wenas Creek Mammoth Site — Initial Discovery and Investigation [ abstract ]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 37 (7): 282.

Lillquist, K., Lundblad, S., and B.R. Barton. 2005. The Moxee City (Washington) mammoth: morphostratigraphic, taphonomic, and taxonomic considerations. Western North American Naturalist, vol. 65(4), pp. 417-28.

Barton, B. R., Sleasman, P., Kirkham, H., Ness , K., and Butterton, S., 2004. Under our feet: Quaternary Research at Silverwood School . Poster presentation at the 52nd National Convention of the National Science Teachers Association, 2 April 2004, Atlanta , Georgia .

Barton, B. R., 2003. Interpolated palaeotemperatures for latest Pleistocene to early Holocene mammoth finds from western North America [abstract]. International Quaternary Association (INQUA) 2003 Program with Abstracts, p. 164.

Barton, B. R., 2002. On the distribution of late Pleistocene mammoth remains from Seattle and King County , Washington State. [abstract]. American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) 2002 Program and Abstracts, p. 16.

Barton, B. R., and Kester, P. R., 2001. Schreger angle analysis of the Kirkland/Lakeview Elementary School tusk: Mammoth or mastodon? [abstract] . in Storer, J.E. (ed.), Canadian Quaternary Association [CANQUA] Meetings, 2001: Program and Abstracts. Occasional Papers in Earth Sciences No. 1, Yukon Heritage Branch, Government of Yukon , Whitehorse , Canada . p. 23

Barton, B. R., 1999. Some notable finds of Columbian mammoths from Washington State . WASHINGTON GEOLOGY, vol. 27 (2/3/4): 23-27. [WG 27: 2/3/4, PDF format] .

Barton, B. R., 1998. Notes on the new Washington State fossil, Mammuthus columbi. WASHINGTON GEOLOGY, vol. 26 (2/3): 68-69.