Field of Focus
  • Mathematics
  • Modeling
  • Decision, Risk and Management Science
  • Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics
Area of Expertise
Shoreline Dynamics, Hurricane Landfall Modeling, Economic Analysis of Natural Hazards
  • B.S. Alfred university, Alfred, NY, USA and Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA
  • 1st M.S. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • 2nd M.S. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Ph.D. Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, 1983
  • Postdoctorate, Department of Mining and Materials Science, University of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA


Dr. Barton develops new nonlinear dynamical models for predicting the size and number of hurricanes that will make landfall along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and changes in shoreline position. He models the economic risk of natural disasters and climate change. He has twice been a USGS G.K. Gilbert Fellow at IBM with Benoit Mandelbrot, the "father of Fractals" and at Lamont Doherty Earth observatory of Columbia University in New York. He has been a visiting scientist at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences. He is now Professor of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and Associate Director of the Columbia Center for Risk Managementt at Columbia University in New York. He has published more than 60 journal articles and edited two books.