Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 145–153 | Cite as

A short summary of my forty years in paleolimnology

  • Ingemar Renberg

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),...


Diatom Flora Varved Sediment Thermoactinomyces Varved Lake Sediment Atmospheric Lead Pollution 
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I am very grateful to all who have supported me and helped me over the years and particularly to my former PhD students for all their hard work and inspiration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environmental ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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