, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 145-153
Date: 26 Mar 2013

A short summary of my forty years in paleolimnology

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A lifetime achievement award is a reason to look back and ask, “why paleolimnology, what has been most stimulating, and what am I most pleased with?”

As an undergraduate student, I met Dr. Kimmo Tolonen, who was a guest researcher at the Department of Ecological Botany at Umeå University, Sweden. Kimmo is the most enthusiastic researcher I have met—he wished to try everything and to show everything. When Kimmo and his research group returned to Finland, Professor Bengt Pettersson bravely appointed me and two other inexperienced students in 1971 to replace Kimmo and his group in the Early Norrland Research Project. Early Norrland was a multidisciplinary project that studied the prehistory of the northern part of Sweden. Bengt Pettersson was not a paleolimnologist and he gave me free rein to plan my research. Inspired by the excellent book about Lake Trummen by Dr. Gunnar Digerfeldt (Digerfeldt 1972), I designed a multi-lake, multi-proxy project for my research (Renberg 1976a, 1978), whic

The author was the recipient of a ‘“Lifetime Achievement Award’’ presented by the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA) in Glasgow, Scotland on 22 August 2012.