Dr. Burney's research has focused on endangered species, paleoenvironmental studies, and causes of extinction. He has over 40 years of practical experience in conservation, including serving as a technical consultant for many conservation organizations and government agencies.
Prior to moving to Kaua`i in 2004 to become Director of Conservation at the
Lida Pigott Burney manages the Makauwahi Cave Reserve, a collaboration with Grove Farm under support from three federal agencies, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority, on a 17-acre parcel on Kauai’s south shore at Maha`ulepu. The site is famous for the spectacular fossil and archaeological finds in the cave, also for theFull Text Full Text
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- D.A. Burney, J.P. Hume, G.J. Middleton, L. Steel, L.P. Burney and N. Porch, 2015. Stratigraphy and chronology of karst features on Rodrigues Island, Southwestern Indian Ocean. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, USA v. 77, no. 1, p. 37-51.
- Burney, D.A., 2010. Back to the Future in the Caves of Kaua`i: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Dark. New Haven, Yale University Press.
- Godfrey, L.R., W.L. Jungers, and D.A. Burney, 2010. Subfossil lemurs of Madagascar. In: L. Werdelin and W. Sanders, eds. Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. University of California Press, pp. 351-367.
- McNeil, C.L., D.A. Burney, and L.P. Burney, 2010. Evidence disputing deforestation as the cause for the collapse of the ancient Maya polity of Copan, Honduras. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:1017-1022.
- Burney, David A. 2009. Climate Change. In Encyclopedia of Islands, edited by Rosemary G. Gillespie and David A Clague. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, pp. 169-171.
- Burney, D.A. N. Vasey, L.R. Godfrey, Ramilisonina, W.L. Jungers, M. Ramarolahy, and L. Raharivony, 2008. New findings from Andrahomana Cave, southeastern Madagascar. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 70(1): 13-24.
- Lemelin, P., M.W. Hamrick, B.G. Richmond, L.R. Godfrey, W.L. Jungers, and D.A. Burney, 2008. New hand bones of Hadropithecus stenognathus: Implications for the paleobiology of the Archaeolemuridae. Journal of Human Evolution 54: 405-413.
- Robinson, G.S. and D.A. Burney, 2008. The Hyde Park mastodon: Palynological clues to megafaunal extinction Palaeontographica Americana 61: 291-299.
- Ryan, T.M., D.A. Burney, L.R. Godfrey, U.B. Gohlich, W.L. Jungers, N. Vasey, Ramilisonina, A. Walker, and G.W. Weber, 2008. A reconstruction of the Vienna skull of Hadropithecus stenognathus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105 (31): 10698-10571.
- Goodman, S.M., N. Vasey, and D.A. Burney, 2007. Description of a new species of subfossil shrew tenrec (Afrosoricida: Tenrecidae: Microgale) from cave deposits in southeastern Madagascar. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 120(4): 367-376.
- Burney, D.A., 2006. Finding the connections between paleoecology, ethnobotany, and conservation in Madagascar. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 3: 391-394
- Donlan, C.J., J. Berger, C.E. Bock, J.H. Bock, D.A. Burney, J.A. Estes, D. Foreman, P.S. Martin, G.W. Roemer, F.A. Smith, M.E. Soulé, and H.W. Greene, 2006. Pleistocene rewilding: An optimistic vision for 21st century conservation. American Naturalist 168: 660-681.
- Goodman, S.M., N. Vasey, and D.A. Burney, 2006. The subfossil occurrence and paleoecological implications of Macrotarsomys petteri (Rodentia: Nesomyidae) in extreme southeastern Madagascar. Comptes Rendus Paleovol 5: 953-962.
- Burney, D.A., and T.F. Flannery, 2005. Fifty millennia of catastrophic extinctions after human contact. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20:395-401.
- Donlan, C.J., H.W. Greene, J. Berger, C.E. Bock, J.H. Bock, D.A. Burney, J.A. Estes, D. Foreman, P.S. Martin, G.W. Roemer, F.A. Smith, and M.E. Soulé, 2005. Rewilding North America. Nature 436:913-914.
- Robinson, G.S., L.P. Burney, and D.A. Burney, 2005. Landscape paleoecology and megafaunal extinction in southeastern New York State. Ecological Monographs, 75:295-315.
- Burney, D.A., L.P. Burney, L.R. Godfrey, W.L. Jungers, S.M. Goodman, H.T. Wright, and A.J.T. Jull, 2004. A chronology for late prehistoric Madagascar. Journal of Human Evolution 47:25-63.
- Burney, D.A., G.S. Robinson, and L.P. Burney, 2003. Sporormiella and the late Holocene extinctions in Madagascar. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 100: 10800-10805.
- Burney, D. A., 1997b. Tropical islands as paleoecological laboratories: gauging the consequences of human arrival. Human Ecology, 25:437-457.
- Burney, D.A., H.F. James, F.V. Grady, J.-G. Rafamantanantsoa, Ramilisonina, H.T. Wright, and J.B. Cowart, 1997. Environmental change, extinction, and human activity: evidence from caves in NW Madagascar. Journal of Biogeography 24:755-767.
- James, H.F., and D.A. Burney, 1997. The diet and ecology of Hawaii’s extinct flightless waterfowl: evidence from coprolites. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 62:279-297.
- Burney, D.A., L.P. Burney, and R.D.E. MacPhee, 1994. Holocene charcoal stratigraphy from Laguna Tortuguero, Puerto Rico, and the timing of human arrival on the island. Journal of Archaeological Science 21(3): 273-281.
- Burney, D.A., and L.P. Burney, 1993. Modern pollen deposition in cave sites: Experimental results from New York State. New Phytologist 124: 523-535.