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Professor, UCL

Neil Rose is Professor of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology in the Department of Geography, UCL. After working with the British Antarctic Survey for over two years on the Signy Island base as a limnologist, he started at UCL in 1987. His research uses natural archives, especially lake sediments, to assess the spatial and temporal distributions of pollutants including fly-ash particles, trace metals, persistent organic compounds and microplastics. Recent research has highlighted the role of climate change on the remobilisation of legacy pollutants and the risk to aquatic organisms from the combined toxic contaminants. He has authored and co-authored 170 scientific publications and a further 90 book chapters and reports. In 2008-2012, he led the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Water Centre encouraging public participation in aquatic science. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG), a working group within the Sub-commission on Quaternary Stratigraphy.


  • 2011–present
    Prof, University College London