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Professor Rick Battarbee
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Professor Rick Battarbee


Rick-Battarbee.jpgEnvironmental Change Research Centre
Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street

email: r.battarbee@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0582
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0565


  • BA (Hons): University College London, 1965-1968
  • D. Phil: The New University of Ulster, 1968-1971
  • D.Sc: The University of London, 1997
  • Royal Society European Research Fellow Institute of Quaternary Geology Uppsala University, Sweden, 1971-1973
  • Research Fellow in Environmental Science School of Biol. and Environ. Studies The New University of Ulster, 1973-1976
  • Lecturer in Geography, UCL, 1976-1986
  • Reader in Geography, UCL, 1986-1991
  • Professor of Environmental Change and Director of the Environmental Change Research Centre, UCL, 1991 – 2007
  • Emeritus Professor of Environmental Change, UCL, 2007-
Visiting Research Appointments:
  • Visiting Docent, Karelian Research Institute, Joensuu, Finland, 1978
  • Visiting Research Associate, Limnological Research Center, University of Minnesota, USA, 1981-1982
Awards and Medals:
  • Royal Geographical Society Back Award for acid rain research, 1989
  • Elected Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1991
  • Rector's Guest and Research Medal of the University of Helsinki, 1994
  • Medal of Moscow State University, 1995
  • Honorary Professor, Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, 2002
  • Recognised as a “Pioneer of the Nation” by Queen Elizabeth II, 2003
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, 2006
  • Honorary DSc, University of Ulster, 2007
  • Ruth Patrick Award, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2009
  • Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, 2010
  • Honorary Fellow, University College London, 2011
  • Einstein Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2012
  • James Croll Medal, Quaternary Research Association, 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, International Paleolimnology Association, 2015
  • Honorary DSc, Queens University at Kingston, Canada, 2015

Committees and Admin


  • Associate Editor, Journal of Paleolimnology
  • Editorial Board, Fennia
  • Member, Advisory Board, Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
  • IGBP-PAGES Project leader for LIMPACS
  • Chairman, ESF Programme " HOLIVAR "
  • Member IGBP-PAGES Scientific Steering Committee
  • Member IGBP-PAGES Executive Committee
  • Member UK IGBP Committee
  • Chairman, International Paleolimnology Association 2006-
  • Member, Royal Society Climate Change Advisory Group 2006-
  • Member, UK Government, Defra, RoTAP 2008-
  • Member, Royal Society Global Environment Research Committee 2010-2015
  • Member, FBA Council (Royal Society Representative) 2011-
  • Editor-in-Chief, Biology Letters, 2014 -

PhD Supervision

Current and Recent PhD Students:

  • Gina Clarke (UCL) : 1999-2002 (with Viv Jones)
    Plantonic diatoms and climate change
  • Giri Kattel (ORS) : 2000-2003 (with Anson Mackay)
    Cladocera and climate change in mountain lakes
  • Andy Henderson (UCL) : 2000-2003 (with Jonathan Holmes)
    Holocene climate variability in Qinghai-Hu, north-west Tibet
  • Tom Davidson (NERC) : 2001-2004 (with Carl Sayer and Helen Bennion)
    Zooplankton in shallow lakes
  • Jonathan Tyler (NERC): 2003-2006 (with Viv Jones)
    Benthic diatoms and biogenic silica isotopes at Lochnagar
  • Hong Yang (Dorothy Hodgkin): 2005-2008 (with Roger Flower and Julian Thompson).

  • Dong Xuhui (DfeS/CSC): 2006-2009 (with Helen Bennion and Carl Sayer)

Recent Grants

Recent funding:

  • Global change impacts on European freshwater ecosystems – Euro-limpacs.
    Funding Source: EU FP6
    Duration: 1.2.04 – 31.1.09
  • Palaeolimnology and shallow lake ecosystem restoration
    Funding Source: Royal Society/Chinese Academy of Sciences Joint Project
    Duration: 1.4.04 – 31.3.07
  • Bloomsbury Environmental Isotope Facility.
    Funding Source: SRIF-UCL
    Dates May 2001 - 2003
  • Climate variability and surface water acidification in North-west Scotland.
    Funding source: NERC
    Duration: 1.4.01-31.03.03
  • Holocene climate variability (HOLIVAR) .
    Funding source: ESF
    Duration: 1.1.01-31.12.05
  • Biogenic silica oxygen isotope fractionation in Lochnagar.
    Funding source: NERC (NIGL)
    Duration: 1.7.00-31.3.02
  • Academic Links with China Scheme (ALCS).
    Funding Source: British Council
    Dates: 1.6.99-31.5.02
  • EMERGE: European mountain lake ecosystems: regionalisation diagnostics & socio-economic evaluation.
    Funding source: EU FPV
    Dates: 1.2.00-31.1.03
  • A comparison of biogenic silica oxygen isotope, pollen and diatom records for an Eemian crater-lake sediment sequence
    Funding source: NERC
    Duration 1.7.99-30.6.00



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