Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 139–144 | Cite as

Reminiscences and acknowledgements from a lover of deserts near the end of her professional life

  • Françoise Gasse


Following the IPS-2012 Symposium where I received an award medal for « my lifetime achievements », this is a short note where I explained when, how and why I became interested in paleolimnology. I am grateful to the many people with whom I have worked.


Lakes and paleolakes Africa Western China Diatoms Stable isotopes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CEREGE, UM34 Aix-Marseille Université—CNRS (UMR 7330)—IRD (UMR 161)Aix en ProvenceFrance

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