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Prof Neil Rose
Department of Geography, University College London
Gower Street
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  • Chair of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS

1984: University of Leicester. BSc (Hons.) Chemistry with Geochemistry

1984 - 1987: British Antarctic Survey - Limnological Field Assistant, Signy Island, South Orkneys.

  • 1987 - 1991: Associate Research Assistant. Palaeoecology Research Unit, Dept. Geography, University College London.
  • 1991: Univeristy College London. PhD. "Fly-ash particles in lake sediments: Extraction, characterisation and distribution"]

    1991 - 1995: Research Fellow - Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

    1995 - 2001: Senior Research Fellow - Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

    2001 - 2008: Principal Research Fellow III - Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

    2008 - 2011: Professorial Research Associate - Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London.

    2011 - present: Professor of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology, Department of Geography, University College London.

    Research Summary

    My research has focussed on the use of lake sediments as natural archives of atmospherically deposited pollutants, particularly in remote areas and the use of fly-ash particles (especially spheroidal carbonaceous particles: SCPs) as a direct measure of pollutant deposition, as a dating tool for lake sediments and as a surrogate for other deposited pollutants. More recently, my research has also included the scale and causes of temporal changes in sediment accumulation rates and public participation in aquatic science through the Lottery funded OPAL project (2008-2013). Research has been undertaken in many areas of the world including Greenland, Svalbard, China, Tibet, Alaska, Uganda and many areas of Europe.

  • Research interests include:
    Impacts of atmospheric pollutants such as heavy metals, persistent organics and especially particulates from the combustion of fossil-fuels on the environment (freshwater, terrestrial and marine systems) on a UK, European and global scale.
  • Spatial and temporal distributions of fly-ash particles using the lake sedimentary record, atmospheric collectors etc and the use of the lake sediment fly-ash particle record as a chronological tool.
  • Relationships of fly-ash particle records with those of other deposited pollutants (e.g. trace metals, persistent organic pollutants) and their use as surrogates. 

  • Transboundary movement of pollutants to remote areas. 

  • Role of climate change on the remobilisation of deposited pollutants and their transfer to surface waters and aquatic biota

  • Lake sediments as an indicator of toxicity to aquatic biota
  • Teaching Summary

    Masters teaching:

    • MSc Aquatic Sciences: Convenor and  lecturer on the Aquatic Monitoring module (GeogG072)
    • Non-Biological indicators (GeogG136)

    Undergraduate teaching:

    • 3rd Year: Geog3042 Restoration and management of freshwater ecosystems;
    • 3rd Year: Geog3057 Global Environmental Change
    • 3rd Year: Geog3054 Independent Study;
    • 2nd Year: Geog2001 The Practice of Geography
    • 1st Year: Geog1003 Physical Geography field-class at Slapton, Devon.
    Academic Background
    1991   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
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