, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 505-510
Date: 14 Apr 2010

Palaeolimnology: personal reflections and early UK contributions

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I came rather late to palaeolimnology both in terms of my own research career and in terms of its early development as a field of research. The foundations were laid for the first serious work in the field in the UK by the establishment of the Freshwater Biological Association of the British Empire (FBA) over 80 years ago, in 1929. Vital for the future development of palaeolimnology in the FBA was the influence of one of its founding fathers, W.H. Pearsall (Fig. 1). His research on aquatic macrophytes led him to develop theories of the evolution of lakes in the English Lake District, where the FBA laboratory was located (Pearsall 1921), and hence, to promote empirical research on their history via sediment based studies. One of the earliest FBA papers opening up the field appeared in 1941, co-authored by three scientists crucial in different ways for the establishment of palaeolimnology in Britain (Jenkin et al. 1941). Within the same decade, Winifred Pennington’s seminal papers on fir ...

The author was the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) in Guadalajara, Mexico on 16 December 2009.
An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10933-011-9522-0