, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 113-137
Date: 04 May 2013

A diverse scientific life

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I am very honoured to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Paleolimnological Association (IPA). I was delighted when two of my teachers and mentors, Frank Oldfield (2010) and Herb Wright (2010), were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2009 at the Guadalajara IPA symposium—I never thought I would be following them 3 years later in Glasgow.

In accepting this Award, I must first make a confession. Despite becoming a Quaternary pollen analyst and vegetation historian in 1961, I did not do any real palaeolimnology until 1986, although I had paddled a little in Crose Mere and Diss Mere and studied their fascinating palaeolimnology in 1976 and 1979. I have never counted a diatom, cladoceran, chironomid, or chrysophyte cyst in my life. I only know the taxa as eight-character codes (e.g. TA003A, Cory amb) for variables in computer programs such as CANOCO, C2, WACALIB, etc.

I have been very fortunate to have a wonderfully diverse and intellectually rich and ...

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