Helen Roe


  • 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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Projects 2010 2019

Research Output 1992 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

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

X-ray fluorescence
X rays

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., 19 Dec 2019, In : Environmental Technology & Innovation. 17, 14 p., 100580.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rapid methods
1 Citation (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

lacustrine environment
correspondence analysis

Phylogenetic divergence within the Arcellinida (Amoebozoa) is congruent with test size and metabolism type.

Macumber, A., Blandenier, Q., Todorov, M., Duckert, C., Lara, E., Lahr, D., Mitchell, E. & Roe, H., 23 Oct 2019, In : European Journal of Protistology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heterotrophic Processes
Economic Inflation


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

Activities 1998 2019

'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

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

Advance HE's Aurora Leadership Development Initiative for Women - Role Model: Identity Impact and Voice

Helen Roe (Participant)
10 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

MSc External Examiner - Ottawa-Carleton Geosciences Centre, Ottawa, Canada

Helen Roe (Examiner)
26 Aug 2019

Activity: Examination typesPGT external examination