Neil Rose is a geochemist and palaeolimnologist specialising in the sedimentary records of pollutants including fly-ash particles, trace metals and persistent organic pollutants especially in remote lakes. He has over 25 years experience and has worked in many areas of the world including the Arctic, Antarctica, China, Tibet and Uganda. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed scientific papers and a further 90 book chapters and reports.

Current Position

Professorial Research Consultant (Ensis Ltd) & Professor of Environmental Pollution and Palaeolimnology, & Manager UCL Environmental Radiometric Facility (UCL)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member International Paleolimnology Association
  • Member of IAGC (International Association of Geochemistry)

Selected Publications

Rose, N.L., Munthe, J. & McCartney, A. (2013). Winter peaks of methylmercury in deposition to a remote Scottish mountain lake. Chemosphere 90(2): 805 - 811

Engstrom, D.R. & Rose, N.L. (2013). A whole-basin, mass-balance approach to paleolimnology. Journal of Paleolimnology. 49: 333–347

Rose, N.L. (ed.) (2007) Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake. Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research. Volume 12. Springer. Dordrecht. 534pp.

Rose, N.L., Yang, H., Turner, S.D. & 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 82 113–135.

Rose, N.L., Morley, D., Appleby, P.G., Battarbee, R.W., Alliksaar, T., Guilizzoni, P., Jeppesen, E., Korhola, A. & Punning, J-P. (2011) Sediment accumulation rates in European lakes since AD 1850: Trends, reference conditions and exceedence. Journal of Paleolimnology 45 447–468.

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.

Harrad, S., Abdallah, M. A-E., 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.

Rose, N.L. (2008). Quality control in the analysis of lake sediments for spheroidal carbonaceous particles. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 6, 172–179.

Rippey, B., Rose, N.L., 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

Rose, N.L. & Appleby, P.G. (2005) Regional applications of lake sediment dating by spheroidal carbonaceous particle analysis I: United Kingdom. Journal of Paleolimnology 34, 349–361.

Rose, N.L. & Monteith, D.T. (2005) Temporal trends in spheroidal carbonaceous particle deposition derived from annual sediment traps and lake sediment cores and their relationship with non-marine sulphate. Environmental Pollution 137, 151–163.

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

Rose, N.L., Rose, C.L., Boyle, J.F & Appleby, P.G. (2004) Lake sediment evidence for local and remote sources of atmospherically deposited pollutants on Svalbard. Journal of Paleolimnology 31, 499–513.

Rose, N.L. & Rippey, B. (2002) The historical record of PAH, PCB, trace metal and fly-ash particle deposition at a remote lake in north-west Scotland. Environmental Pollution 117, 121–132.

Bindler. R., Renberg, I., Anderson, N.J., Appleby, P.G. & Rose, N.L. (2001) Mercury accumulation rates and spatial trends in lake sediments from West Greenland. Environmental Science & Technology 35 1736–1741.

Rose, N.L., Backus, S., Karlsson, H. & Muir, D.C.G. (2001) An historical record of toxaphene and its congeners in a remote lake in Western Europe. Environmental Science & Technology 35. 1312–1319.

Rose, N.L., Juggins, S. & Watt, J. (1996) Fuel-type characterisation of carbonaceous fly-ash particles using EDS-derived surface chemistries and its application to particles extracted from lake sediments. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (Series A) 452, 881–907.

Rose, N.L. (1996) Inorganic fly-ash spheres as pollution tracers. Environmental Pollution 91 245–252.

Rose, N.L., Harlock, S., Appleby, P.G. & Battarbee, R.W. (1995) The dating of recent lake sediments in the United Kingdom and Ireland using spheroidal carbonaceous particle concentration profiles. Holocene 5, 328–335.