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Simon Turner

ST Hanmer Mere

UCL Department of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building Gower Street
London. WC1E 6BT.
Tel: 020 7679 0522
Fax: 020 7679 0565

  • Researcher: NERC Lakes and the Arctic carbon cycle (current)
  • Researcher: NERC Macronutrients Cycle Programme (LTLS - NE/J01222X/1)
  • Researcher and website manager for REFRESH (EU FP7) project (2010- current)
  • Research Fellow OPAL (Open Air Laboratories) Water Centre. National lake monitoring and public participation project. Big Lottery funded (2008-2013)
  • Researcher: Palaeolimnological assessment of trace element inputs to lakes in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta, Canada. Alberta Environment (2011-2012)
  • Researcher: Standing Waters SSSI Monitoring, CCW (2011-2013)
  • Technical support ‘Long-range atmospheric N deposition as a driver of ecological change in Arctic lakes’ (NERC; NE/G019622/1) (2010-2012)
  • Technical support ‘Influence of global teleconnections on Holocene climate in Kamchatka’ (NERC;NE/H008160/1) (2009-2011)
  • Principal investigator on ‘Standardised bathymetric data generation and statistical analysis of Welsh Lakes’ CCW (2009-2010)
  • Lake sediment evidence for long-range air pollution on the Tibetan Plateau, Leverhulme Trust F/07 134BF (2006-2009)
  • Project management: SEPA/SNIFFER WFD60 Macroinvertebrate diagnostic tool development (2009)
    • Research and technical support: “Paleolimnological Study of Selected Lakes in the Wood Buffalo Region” to assess impacts of acid deposition in Athabasca oil sands region of Northern Alberta, Canada. Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA), Canada (2005-2006)
    • Research and technical support: Freshwater Umbrella – The effects of Nitrogen deposition and climate change on freshwaters in the UK. DEFRA Contract CPEA17 (2005-2007)
    • Project website production, HYDRATECH: Techniques for the Quantification of Methane Hydrate in European Continental Margins, University of Birmingham, EU Contract No. EVK3-CT-2000-00043 (2004)
    • Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Liverpool (2002–2004)
      • Research Fellow. School of Geography & Archaeology, University of Exeter. (2000–2001)
      • Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Lecturer, Brunel University (1999 – 2000)


    • Ph.D. Brunel University (2000). High Resolution Palaeoenvironmental Analyses of Coastal Wetland Sediments from South East Sicily.
    • BSc (1st Class Honours) University College London, Environmental Geoscience (1995).

    Google Citations List (here)

    Yang, H. & Turner, S. (2013). Radiometric dating for recent lake sediments on the Tibetan Plateau. Hydrobiologia 713: 73-86

    Rose, N.L., Yang, H., Turner, S.D. & Simpson, G.L.S. (2012). An assessment of the mechanisms for the transfer of lead and mercury from atmospherically contaminated organic soils to lake sediments with particular reference to Scotland, UK. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 82: 113-135.

    Curtis,C.J; Heaton, T.H.E; Simpson, G.L; Evans, C.D; Shilland, J. & Turner, S. (2012). Dominance of biologically produced nitrate in upland waters of Great Britain indicated by stable isotopes. Biogeochemistry 111: 535-554.

    Boyle, J.F., Plater, A.J., Mayers, C., Turner, S.D., Stroud, R.W. & Weber, J.E. (2011). Land use, soil erosion, and sediment yield at Pinto Lake, California: comparison of a simplified USLE model with the lake sediment record. Journal of Palaeolimnology 45: 199-212.

    Turner, S.D., Simpson, G.L. & Hughes, M.J. (2011). Standardised bathymetric data generation and statistical analysis of Welsh Lakes. CCW Contract Science Report No: 955.

    Wang, X., Yang, H., Gong, P., Zhao, X., Wu, G., Turner, S. & Yao, T. (2010). One century sedimentary records of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons,mercury and trace elements in the Qinghai Lake, Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Pollution 158: 3065-3070

    Lami, A., Turner, S., Musazzi, S., Gerli, S., Guilizzoni, P., Rose, N.L., Yang, H., Wu, G. & Yang, R. (2010). Sedimentary evidence for recent increases in production in Tibetan plateau lakes. Hydrobiologia 648: 175-187.

    Yang, H., Battarbee, R.W., Turner, S.D., Rose, N.L., Derwent, R.G., Wu, G. & Yang, R. (2010). Historical reconstruction of mercury pollution across the Tibetan plateau using lake sediments. Environmental Science and Technology 48(8): 2918-2924.

    Curtis, C.J, Flower, R., Rose, N., Shilland, J., Simpson, G.L., Turner, S., Yang, H. & Pla, S. (2010). Palaeolimnological assessment of lake acidification and environmental change in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta. Journal of Limnology 69(1): 92-104

    Goldsmith, B., Burgess, A., Bennion, H., Turner, S.D., Appleby, P. G. & Piliposian, G. T. (2010). Palaeoecological and surface sediment analysis of Welsh SSSI / SAC lakes incorporating chemical and bathymetric surveys. Report to CCW as part of: Lake Macrophyte & Habitat Surveys for the Water Framework Directive, 2007-10. Contract No: 20457. The Environment Agency. 58 pp.

    Harrad, S, Abou-Elwafa Abdallah, M, Rose, N.L., Turner, S.D & Davidson, T.A. (2009). Current-Use Brominated Flame Retardants in Water, Sediment, and Fish from English Lakes. Environmental Science & Technology 43: 9077-9083.

    Simpson, G., Turner, S., Brooks, S., Greenwood, M., Yang, H., Monteith, D., Patrick, S., and Pla, S (2009). Acid waters macro invertebrate status tool. SEPA Science and Research Publications.

    Spencer, K.L., Cundy, A.B., Davies-Hearn, S., Hughes, R., Turner, S. & MacLeod, C.L. (2008). Physicochemical changes in sediments at Orplands Farm, Essex, UK following 8 years of managed realignment. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 76 (1-12):608-619.

    Davidson, T.A., Clarke, G.H., Rawcliffe, R., Salgado, J., Burgess, A., Turner, S., Yang, H., Hughes, M. & Goldsmith, B.J. (2008). Palaeoecological assessment of fresh waters in SACs and ASSIs in Northern Ireland. ECRC Research Report 130.

    Rose, N., Turner, S. & Davidson, T. (2008). Sampling and analytical protocols for the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Water Projects. ECRC Research Report 127.

    Davidson, T.A., Appleby, P.G., Clarke, G., Morley, D., Rose, N., Sayer, C.D., Tuffin, S. & Turner, S. (2008). Palaeoecological study of Rockland Broad. ECRC Research Report 124.

    Bennion, H., Clarke, G., Davidson, T., Morley, D., Rose, N., Turner, S. & Yang, H. (2008). Palaeoecological study of seven mesotrophic lochs. Final Report to SEPA and SNH. ECRC Research Report 121.

    Rose, N.L., Yang, H. & Turner, S. (2007). The main transfer mechanisms for POPs and trace metals from soils to sediments: Data report. Deliverable No. 181. Report to EU as part of the ‘Integrated Project to evaluate the Impacts of Global Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems’ (Eurolimpacs). Project no. GOCE-CT-2003-505540.

    Roberts, D.H., Chiverell, R.C., Innes, J.B., Horton, B.P, Brooks, A.J., Thomas, G.S.P., Turner, S. & Gonzales, S. (2006). Holocene sea level changes on the Isle of Man and in the northern Irish Sea Basin, UK. Marine Geology 231, 113-128.

    Plater, A.J. Boyle, J.F., Mayers, C., Turner, S.D. & Stroud, R.W. (2006). Climate and human impacts on lowland lake sedimentation in Central Coastal California: the record from c. 650 AD to the present. Regional Environmental Change 6, 71-85

    Collins, P.E.F., Rust D.J., Salih-Bayraktutan, M., & Turner, S.D. (2005). Fluvial stratigraphy and palaeoenvironments in the Pasinler Basin, eastern Turkey. Quaternary International,140:121-134

    Turner, S. & Brown, A. G. (2004). Vitis pollen dispersal in and from organic vineyards I: pollen trap data. Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology 129, 117-132.

    Turner, S. & Plater, A. (2004). Palynological evidence for the origin and development of recent wetland sediments: Mdlanzi Swamp, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. South African Journal of Science 100, 220-229.

    Brown, A.G., Meadows, I., Turner, S. & Mattingly, D. (2002). Roman Vineyards in Britain: Finds from the Nene Valley and New Research. Antiquity 75, 745-757.

    Collins P.E.F., Turner S.D. & Cundy A.B. (2001). High-resolution reconstruction of recent vegetation dynamics in a Mediterranean micro-tidal wetland: implications for pollen taphonomy and palaeoenvironmental research. Journal of Coastal Research 17, 684-693.

    • Recent environmental change in aquatic systems
    • Lakes and contaminant monitoring
    • Sedimentological and palaeolimnological records of human activity
    • Public participation in environmental science
    • IT and GIS in environmental research