Dr Stephen McCabe

Stephen is a geomorphologist with a broad background in geography and archaeology. He specialises in understanding how natural stone behaves as part of a building. After finishing his PhD (in 2007, focusing on complex stresses experienced by historic stonework), Stephen worked on a series of high profile government funded research projects investigating the decay and conservation of natural stone both in an historic and new-build context. Most recently, Stephen has played a leading role in understanding the impact of climate change on stone-built heritage in the UK. He has presented his work internationally, giving invited talks at conferences, research forums and expert meetings.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the British Society for Geomorphology, and in 2011 he was awarded Chartered Geographer status (CGeog Geomorph), recognising the standard and impact of his geomorphological knowledge beyond the academy.

He is also experienced in the wider environmental NGO sector: raising awareness of environmental issues (for example, climate change, ecosystem services) among decision-makers and public, interacting with government policy-makers, and developing policy priorities that benefit the environment.

Publications (peer reviewed):

  • McCabe, S., Brimblecombe, P., Smith, B. J., McAllister, D., Srinivasan, S. & Basheer, P. A. M. In Press. The use and meanings of ‘time of wetness’ in understanding building stone decay. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology.
  • Adamson, C., McCabe, S., Warke, P. A., McAllister, D. & Smith, B. J. In Press. The influence of aspect on the biological colonisation of stone in Northern Ireland. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J., McAlister, J. J., Gomez-Heras, M., McAllister, D., Warke, P. A., Curran, J. M. & Basheer, P. A. M. 2013. Changing climate, changing process: implications for salt transportation and weathering within building sandstones in the UK. Environmental Earth Sciences.
  • McAllister, D., McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P.A. 2013. Low temperatures in building sandstone: the role of extreme events in temperate environments. European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering 17(2):99-112.
  • Cutler, N. A., Viles, H. A., Ahmad, S., McCabe, S. & Smith, B. J. 2013. Algal ‘greening’ and the conservation of stone heritage structures. Science of the Total Environment 442: 152 – 164.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J., Adamson, C. S., Mullan, D. & McAllister D. 2011. The ‘greening’ of natural stone buildings: quartz sandstone performance as a secondary indicator of climate change in the British Isles? Atmospheric and Climate Sciences 1, 4: 165 – 171.
  • Smith, B. J., McCabe, S., McAllister, D., Adamson, C., Viles, H. A. & Curran, J. M. 2011. A commentary on climate change, stone decay dynamics and the ‘greening’ of natural stone buildings: new perspectives on ‘deep wetting’. Environmental Earth Sciences 63: 1691 – 1700.
  • McCabe, S., McKinley, J. M., Gomez-Heras, M. & Smith, B. J. 2011. Dynamical instability in surface permeability characteristics of building sandstone in response to salt accumulation over time. Geomorphology 130: 65 – 75.
  • Smith, B. J., Srinivasan, S., McCabe, S., McAllister, D., Cutler, N., M. Basheer, P.A.M. & Viles, H. A. 2011. Climate change and the investigation of complex moisture regimes in heritage stone: preliminary observations on possible strategies. Materials Evaluation: January 2011, 48 – 58.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J., McAlister, J. J., McAllister, D., Srinivasan, S., Basheer, P. A. M. & Curran, J. M. 2011. Linking climate change, moisture dynamics and salt movement within natural building sandstones: implications for salt transport by diffusion. In: Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures 2011, Cyprus: 63 – 70.
  • McAllister, D., McCabe, S., Srinivasan, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2011. Moisture dynamics in building sandstone: monitoring strategies and implications for transport and accumulation of salts. In: Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures 2011, Cyprus: 39 – 46.
  • Adamson, C, Smith, B. J., McCabe, S. & Warke, P. A. 2011. The inventorying of building stone performance-in-use to assess susceptibility to decay. Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures 2011, Cyprus: 145 – 152.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2010. A legacy of mistreatment: conceptualising the decay of medieval sandstones in NE Ireland. In: Prikryl, R. & Torok, A. (eds.), Natural Stone Resources for Historical Monuments, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 333: 87 – 100.
  • McKinley, J. M. & McCabe, S. 2010. A geostatistical investigation into changing permeability of sandstone during weathering simulations. Geographical Analysis 42: 180 – 203.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2010. Exploitation of inherited weakness in fire-damaged building sandstone: the ‘fatiguing’ of ‘shocked’ stone. Engineering Geology 115: 217 – 225.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J., McAlister, J. J., Viles, H. A., Curran, J. M. & Crawford, T. 2010. Climate change and wet winters: testing the diffusion of soluble salts in building stone under saturated conditions. XIX Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Thessaloniki, Greece, Vol. 100: 399 – 405.
  • Adamson, C. S., McCabe, S., McAllister, D., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2010. Mapping the spatial distribution of precipitation, biological soiling, and decay on monuments in Northern Ireland: towards understanding long-term stone response to moisture. XIX Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Thessaloniki, Greece, Vol. 99: 183 – 190.
  • McKinley, J., Keaney, A., McCabe, S., Curran, J. & Smith, B. 2010. Spatial distribution of salt penetration in weathered sandstone. XIX Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Thessaloniki, Greece, Vol. 100: 407 – 411.
  • McKinley, J. M., Keaney, A.Z., McCabe, S. & Curran, J. 2010. Geostatistical analysis of multiple correlated variables from salt weathering simulations. Accuracy 2010 Symposium, Leicester, UK: 229-232.
  • McCabe, S. & Smith, B. J. 2009. Understanding the long-term survival of sandstone in medieval ecclesiastical structures: Northern Ireland and western Scotland. In: Bostenaru Dan, M., Prikryl, R. & Torok, A. (eds.), Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures. Springer, Heidelburg: 107 – 136.
  • Gomez-Heras, M., McCabe, S, Smith, B. J. & Fort, R. 2009. Impacts of fire on stone-built heritage: an overview. Journal of Architectural Conservation 2, 15: 47 – 58.
  • Smith, B. J., Gomez-Heras, M. & McCabe, S. 2008. Understanding the decay of stone-built cultural heritage. Progress in Physical Geography 32: 439 – 461.
  • McCabe, S., McKinley, J. M. & Smith, B. J. 2008. Simulating initial stages of salt accumulation and organisation within building sandstones. In: Lukaszewicz, J. W. & Niemcewizc, P. (eds.), 11th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone. Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, Torun: 173 – 180.
  • McKinley, J. M., McCabe, S. & Smith, B. J. 2008. The application of geostatistical analysis to the prediction and modelling of the decay dynamics of masonry materials. In: Lukaszewicz, J. W. & Niemcewizc, P. (eds.), 11th International Congress on the Deterioration of Stone. Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, Torun: 181 – 188.
  • Smith, B. J., Gomez-Heras, M., Meneely, J., McCabe, S. & Viles, H. A. 2008. High resolution monitoring of surface morphological change of building limestone in response to simulated salt weathering. In: Lukaszewicz, J. W. & Niemcewizc, P. (eds.), 11th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone. Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, Torun: 275 – 282.
  • Gomez-Heras, M., Smith, B. J., Viles, H. A., Meneely, J. & McCabe, S. 2008. HD Laser scanning for the evaluation of salt decay laboratory simulations of building limestone. In: Ottosen, L. M. et al. (eds.), Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen: 149 – 158.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J., Warke, P. A. 2007. An holistic approach to the assessment of stone decay: Bonamargy Friary, Northern Ireland. In: Prikryl, R. & Smith, B. J. (eds.), Building Stone Decay: From Diagnosis to Conservation. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 271: 77 – 86.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2007. Sandstone response to salt weathering following simulated fire damage: a comparison of the effects of furnace heating and fire. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 32: 1874 – 1883.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2007. Preliminary observations on the impact of complex stress histories on the response of sandstone to salt weathering: laboratory simulations of process combinations. Environmental Geology 52: 269 – 276.
  • McCabe, S., Smith, B. J. & Warke, P. A. 2006. Calcium loading of building sandstones by lime rendering: implications for decay. In: Fort, R., Alvarez de Buergo, M., Gomez-Heras, M. & Vazquez-Calvo, C. (eds.), Heritage, Weathering and Conservation. Taylor & Francis Group, London: 177 – 182.

 

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