Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 313–332 | Cite as

Rick Battarbee and his many contributions to palaeolimnology

  • H. John B. BirksEmail author
  • John P. Smol
Original Paper


The considerable contributions of Rick Battarbee to palaeolimnology are summarised under the broad headings of eutrophication, acidification, climate change, global change and freshwaters, technique development, research leadership, and research ambassador.


Acidification Atmospheric contamination Baseline conditions Climate change Dating Diatoms Eutrophication Global change Lake Baikal Lake restoration Lake sediments Limnology Mountain lakes Techniques 



We are very grateful to John Anderson, Gill Battarbee, Roger Flower, Jonathan Holmes, Frank Oldfield, and Simon Patrick for valuable information, to Hilary Birks and Jonathan Holmes for their critical comments, and to Cathy Jenks for invaluable assistance. HJBB is greatly indebted to Rick Battarbee for encouraging HJBB to become a quantitative palaeolimnologist in 1987. We thank Rick for being such an outstanding role model and innovative scientist, and for his leadership in helping to bring pal(a)eolimnology to its highly respected position in science and environmental policy. Most importantly, we thank Rick for his friendship, constant support and encouragement, and generosity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.Environmental Change Research CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  4. 4.Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL), Department of BiologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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