Rick Battarbee is a limnologist and palaeoecologist specialising in diatom analysis. He has over 40 years of experience working on lakes from all parts of the world, publishing over 300 scientific papers and reports. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a recipient of the Ruth Patrick Award for "Environmental Problem Solving". He is especially interested in lake ecosystem change over decadal time-scales and in the recovery of lakes from acidification and eutrophication.

Current Position

Chairman of ENSIS Ltd and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Change (UCL)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Royal Society Global Environment Research Committee
  • Royal Society Representative, Freshwater Biological Association Council

Selected Publications

Bennion, H., Battarbee, R.W., Sayer, C.D., Simpson, G.L. & Davidson, T.A. (2011) Defining reference conditions and restoration targets for lake ecosystems using palaeolimnology: a synthesis. Journal of Paleolimnology 45(4) 533–544

Battarbee, R.W., Monteith, D.T., Juggins, S., Simpson, G.L., Shilland, E.M., Flower, R.J. & Kreiser, A.M. (2008) Assessing the accuracy of diatom-based transfer functions in defining reference pH conditions for acidified lakes in the United Kingdom. The Holocene 8(1), 57–67

Bennion, H. & Battarbee, R.W. (2007) The European Union Water Framework Directive: opportunities for palaeolimnology. Journal of Paleolimnology 38(2), 285–295

Battarbee, R.W., Monteith, D.T., Juggins, S., Evans, C.D., Jenkins, A. & Simpson, G.L. (2005) Reconstructing pre-acidification pH for an acidified Scottish loch: a comparison of palaeolimnological and modelling approaches. Environmental Pollution, 137, 135–149

Battarbee, R.W., Anderson, N.J., Jeppesen, E. & Leavitt, P.R. (2005) Combining palaeolimnological and limnological approaches in assessing lake ecosystem response to nutrient reduction. Freshwater Biology 50, 1772–1780

Battarbee, R.W., Grytnes, J.-A., Thompson, R., Appleby, P.G., Catalan, J., Korhola, A., Birks, H.J.B., Heegaard, E. & Lami, A. (2002) Comparing palaeolimnological and instrumental evidence of climate change for remote mountain lakes over the last 200 years. Journal of Paleolimnology 28(1), 161–179

Battarbee, R.W. (2000) Palaeolimnological approaches to climate change, with special regard to the biological record. Quaternary Science Reviews 19, 107–124

Battarbee, R.W. (1999) The importance of palaeolimnology to lake restoration. Hydrobiologia, 395/396, 149–159

Battarbee, R.W. (1990) The causes of lake acidification, with special reference to the role of acid deposition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London B 327, 339–347

Jones, V.J., Stevenson, A.C. & Battarbee, R.W. (1986) Lake acidification and the land-use hypothesis: a mid-post-glacial analogue, Nature 322, 157–158

Battarbee, R.W., Flower, R.J., Stevenson, A.C. & Rippey, B. (1985) Lake acidification in Galloway: a palaeoecological test of competing hypotheses. Nature 314, 350–352

Flower, R.J. & Battarbee, R.W. (1983) Diatom evidence for recent acidification of two Scottish lochs. Nature 305, 130–133