Yang Handong is an environmental geochemist with over 25 years of experience working on pollution of lake ecosystems. He is an expert on trace metal (especially mercury) pollution history in the UK and China. He is also manages the UCL Bloomsbury Environment Institute Facility (BEIF) for 210Pb-dating and is an expert on the radiometric dating of lake sediment cores.

Current Position

Senior Research Consultant (Ensis Ltd) & Senior Research Associate (UCL)

Selected Publications

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

Rose, N.L., Yang, H., Turner S., Simpson G.L. (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 83 113–135.

Self, A.E., Brooks, S.J., Birks, H.J.B., Nazarova, L., Porinchu, D., Odland, A., Yang, H., & Jones V.J. (2011) The distribution and abundance of chironomids in high-latitude Eurasian lakes with respect to temperature and continentality: development and application of new chironomid-based climate-inference models in northern Russia. Quaternary Science Reviews 30 1122–1141.

Yang, H., Engstrom, D. Rose, N.L. (2010) Recent changes in atmospheric mercury deposition recorded in the sediments of remote, equatorial lakes in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda. Environmental Science & Technology 44, 6570–6575.

Yang, H. (2010) Historical mercury contamination in sediments and catchment soils of Diss Mere, UK. Environmental Pollution 158 2504–2510.

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.

Yang, H. Battarbee, R.W., Turner, S., Rose, N.L., Derwent, R., Wu, G., & Yang, R. (2010) Historical reconstruction of mercury pollution across the Tibetan Plateau using lake sediment. Environmental Science & Technology 44 2918–2924.

Yang, H. Berry, A., Rose, N., & Berg, T. (2009) Decline in atmospheric mercury deposition in London. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 11(8), 1518–22.

Rippey. B., Rose, N., Yang, H., Harrad, S., Robson, M., & Travers, S. (2008) An assessment of toxicity in profundal lake sediment due to deposition of heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants from the atmosphere. Environment International 34, 345–356.

Yang, H., Linge, K., & Rose, N. (2007) The Pb pollution fingerprint at Lochnagar: the historical record and current status of Pb isotopes. Environmental Pollution 145(2), 723–729.

Yang, H., & Rose, N. (2005) Trace element records in some UK lake sediments, their history, influence factors and regional differences. Environment International 31, 63–75.

Rose, N., Monteith, D., Kettle, H., Thompson, R., Yang, H., & Muir, D. (2004) A consideration of potential confounding factors limiting chemical and biological recovery Lochnagar, a remote mountain loch in Scotland. Journal of Limnology 63 63–76.

Yang, H., & Rose, N. (2003) Arsenic distribution in the UK lake sediments. Journal de Physique IV 107, 1389–1392.

Yang, H., & Rose, N. L. (2003) Mercury distribution in lake sediments across the UK. The Science of Total Environment 304 391–404.

Yang, H., Rose, N.L., Battarbee, R.W. & Monteith, D. (2002) Trace metal distribution in the sediments of the whole lake basin for Lochnagar, Scotland: a palaeolimnological assessment. Hydrobiologia 479, 51–61.

Yang, H., Rose, N.L., Battarbee, R.W. & Boyle, J.F. (2002) Mercury and lead budgets for Lochnagar, a Scottish mountain lake and its catchment. Environmental Science & Technology 36(7), 1383–1388.

Yang, H., Rose, N.L. & Battarbee, R.W. (2002) Concentration and distribution of trace metals in Lochnagar, a remote Scottish mountain lake ecosystem and its catchment. The Science of Total Environment 285, 197–208.

Yang, H., Rose, N.L., Boyle, J.F. & Battarbee, R.W. (2001) Storage and distribution of trace metals and spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs) from atmospheric deposition in the catchment peats of Lochnagar, Scotland. Environmental Pollution 115(2), 231–238.

Yang, H., Rose, N.L. & Battarbee, R.W. (2001) The dating of recent catchment peats using spheroidal carbonaceous particle (SCP) concentration profiles with particular reference to Lochnagar, Scotland. The Holocene 11(5), 593–597.