Martin Kernan is an environmental scientist with over 20 years experience working on freshwaters. He works on the impacts of acidification on upland waters in the UK and on the chemical and biological responses of mountain lakes across Europe to long-distance transported pollutants and climate change. He was scientific co-ordinator of the EU Project, Euro-limpacs and currently co-ordinates the Framework 7 Project REFRESH, concerned with adaptive strategies needed by managers to mitigate the impacts of climate change on European freshwater ecosystems.

Current Position

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Invited expert contributing to the Science-Policy Interface activity Working Group A (ECOSTAT - Ecological status) concerning Water Framework Directive Implementation
  • Invited member of the external advisory group for the European Environment Agency 2012 State of waters assessment
  • Member of the Water Resources and Freshwater Biodiversity Adaptation Network, Australia

Selected Publications

Kernan, M., Battarbee, R.W., Curtis, C.J., Monteith, D.T., & Shilland, E.M. (Eds.) (2010) Recovery of lakes and streams in the UK from acid rain. The United Kingdom Acid Waters Monitoring Network 20 year interpretative report. Report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Contract EPG 1/3/160).

Kernan, M., Moss, B. & Battarbee, R.W. (Eds) (2010) Climate Change impacts on Freshwater. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford 314p

Whitehead, P.G., Wilby, R.L., Battarbee, R.W., Wade, A. & Kernan, M. (2009) A review of the potential impacts of climate change on surface water quality. Hydrological Sciences Journal 54(1), 101–123

Battarbee, R.W., Kernan, M. & Rose, N. (2009) Threatened and stressed mountain lakes of Europe: Assessment and progress. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management 12(2), 118-128

Kernan, M., Catalan, J., & Curtis, C. (2009) A biological survey of high mountain and high latitude lakes across Europe: aims sampling strategy, methods and main achievements. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Advances in Limnology 62, 3–16.

Kernan, M., Brancelj, A., Clarke, G., Lami, A., Raddum, G., Straškrábová, V., Stuchlík, E., Velle, G., & Ventura, M. (2009): Environmental and biological characteristics of high altitude lochs in Scotland. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Advances in Limnology 62, 379–417.

Camarero, L., Rogora, M., Mosello, R., Anderson, J., Barbieri, A., Botev, I., Kernan, M., Kopacek, J., Korhola, A., Lotter, A., Muri, G., Postolache, C., Stuchlák, E., Thies, H. & Wright, R.F. (2009) Regionalisation of chemical variability in European mountain lakes. Freshwater Biology 54, 2452–2469

Livingstone, D.M. & Kernan, M. (2009) Regional coherence and geographical variability in the surface water temperatures of Scottish Highland lochs. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, Advances in Limnology 62, 367–378.

Catalan, J., Curtis, C. & Kernan, M. (2009) Remote European Mountain Lake Ecosystems: regionalisation and ecological status. Freshwater Biology 54, 2419–2432.

Curtis, C.J., Juggins, S., Clarke, G., Battarbee, R.W., Kernan, M., Catalan, J., Thompson, R. & Posch, M. (2009) Regional influence of acid deposition and climate change on diatom assemblages in European mountain lakes assessed using transfer functions. Freshwater Biology 54, 2555–2572.

Kernan, M., Ventura, M., Bitusik, P., Brancelj, A., Clarke, G., G., Raddum, G., Stuchlák, E. & Catalan, J. (2009) Regionalisation of remote European mountain lake ecosystems according to their biota: environmental vs. geographical patterns. Freshwater Biology 54, 2470–93.

Kernan, M., Battarbee, R.W. & Binney, H.A. (eds.) (2008) Climate Change and Aquatic Ecosystems in the UK: Science Policy and Management. Proceedings of a meeting held at the Environmental Change Research Centre University College London, May 2007.