• Room 02.021 - Geography Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome applications from students interested in the following topics: environmental/climate change impacts on lakes and peatlands; development of novel biomonitoring approaches using microfossils and geochemical techniques; impacts of nutrient enrichment on aquatic ecosystems.

1992 …2020

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Research Interests

My research interests centre around the reconstruction of late Quaternary environmental change in wetlands and coastal environments.   I am interested in how these systems function, and in feedbacks between different biological groups and the physical environment over a range of time scales (sub-decadal to millennial scale and longer).  Major research foci include i) applications of benthic protozoans (e.g. testate amoebae and foraminifera) and diatoms in biomonitoring and restoration; ii) the use of palaeoecological, palaeolimnological and geochemical approaches for understanding long-term climate and sea-level change; iii) use of quantitative, multi-proxy techniques to aid palaeoenvironmental reconstruction.  

I am an Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa and a former Director of Research of the Environmental Change Research Cluster, QUB.

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Research Output

Assessment of FlowCam technology as a potential tool for rapid semi-automatic analysis of lacustrine Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae)

Steele, R. E., Patterson, R. T., Hamilton, P. B., Nasser, N. A. & Roe, H. M., 01 Feb 2020, In : Environmental Technology & Innovation. 17, 14 p., 100580.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Use of Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae) Arsenic tolerance limits as novel tool for biomonitoring Arsenic contamination in lakes

    Nasser, N., Patterson, T., Roe, H., Galloway, J., Falck, H. & Sanei, H., 31 Jan 2020, (Accepted) In : Ecological Indicators.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    An evaluation of methodologies for calibrating Itrax X-ray fluorescence counts with ICP-MS concentration data for discrete sediment samples

    Gregory, B. R. B., Patterson, R. T., Reinhardt, E. G., Galloway, J. M. & Roe, H. M., 11 May 2019, In : Chemical Geology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Inter-annual Arcellinida (testate lobose amoebae) assemblage dynamics within lacustrine environments

    Nasser, N. A., Cullen, J., Patterson, C. W., Patterson, R. T., Roe, H. M. & Galloway, J. M., 01 May 2019, In : Limnologica. 76, p. 60-71

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland - Staff Bursary 2018

    Helen Roe (Recipient), 27 Apr 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    British Ecological Society

    Helen Roe (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Appointment

    Eaton Fellowship Award, 2014-2016

    Helen Roe (Recipient), Dec 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    'Earth System Processes - A Mediterranean Perspective' - Joint QUB - Carleton / Ottawa University Fieldtrip to Mallorca

    Helen Roe (Organiser)
    27 Apr 201908 May 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesHosting a school group or open day

    Sampling lakes for sedimentary DNA and benthic microfossils - field training event

    Helen Roe (Organiser)
    19 Aug 201920 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    'Microeukaryotes as tools for resolving environmental questions'

    Helen Roe (Keynote speaker)
    03 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    20th INQUA CONGRESS - Post Congress Fieldtrip to the North of Ireland

    Helen Roe (Organiser)
    01 Aug 201904 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Algae bloom researchers using 1800's citizen scientist data

    Helen Roe & Tim Patterson


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment