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Dr Helen Roe

<p>Dr Helen Roe</p>

Dr Helen Roe


BSc (Hons) Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London;
PhD, University of Cambridge

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography



+44(0)28 90975148

Current Teaching:

GAP3035 Sea-level change: past, present and future (Module Coordinator)
GAP3057 Geography Dissertation
GAP2030 Sustaining the Biosphere (Module Coordinator)
GAP2048 The Mediterranean: Exploring Dynamic Environments (Module Coordinator)
GAP2040 Geographical Research and Personal Development

Current Administrative Roles:

Director of Research for the Environmental Change Cluster
GAP Representative on Academic Council

Current Research:

Environmental Change

Member : Environmental Change Research Cluster 


Swindles, G.T., Turner, T.E., Roe, H.M., Rea, H.A. and Hall, V.A. (in press). Testing the cause of the Sphagnum austinii (Sull. ex Aust.) decline: multiproxy evidence from a raised bog in Northern Ireland. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology

Macumber, A., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M., Swindles, G.T., Reinhardt, E. & Neville, L.A. (2014). Autoecological approaches to resolve subjective taxonomic divisions within Arcellacea. Protist, 165, 305-316. [link]

Roe, H.M., Patterson, R.T. (2014). Arcellacea (testate amoebae) as bio-indicators of salt contaminationin lakes. Microbial Ecology, 68, 299-313. [link]

Mansell, L, Whitehouse, N, Barratt, P. Roe, H.M. (2014). Holocene floodplain palaeoecology of the Humberhead Levels and implications for regional wetland development. Quaternary International, 341, 91-109. [link]

Upiter, L., Vermaire, J., Patterson, R.T., Crann, C., Galloway, J.M., Macumber, A., Neville, L.A., Swindles, G.T., Roe, H.M., Falck, H. & Pisaric, M. (2014). Middle to late Holocene chironomid-inferred July temperatures for the central Northwest Territories, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology, 52, 11-26. [link]

Roe, H.M., Doherty, C.T. Milne, G.A., Patterson, R.T. (2013). Isolation basin records of late Quaternary sea-level change, central mainland British Columbia, Canada. Quaternary International, 310, 181-198. [link]

Swindles, G.T., Lawson, I.T., Matthews, I.P., Blaauw, M., Daley, T.J., Charman, D.J., Roland, T.P., Plunkett, G., Schettler, G., Gearey, B.R., Turner, T.E., Rea, H.A., Roe, H.M., Amesbury, M. J., Chambers, F. M., Holmes, J., Mitchell, F. J. G., Blackford, J., Blundell, A., Branch, N., Holmes, J., Langdon, P., McCarroll, J., McDermott, F., Oksanen, P. O., Pritchard, O., Stastney, P., Stefanini, B., Young, D., Wheeler, J., Becker, K. & Armit, I. (2013). Centennial-scale climate change in Ireland during the Holocene. Earth Science Reviews, 126, 300-320. [link]

Roe, H.M. (2013). Review of 'Lough Swilly A Living Landscape' by A. Cooper (Ed.). Irish Geography, 45(3), 294-296. [link]

Galloway J.M., Wigston, A., Patterson, R.T., Swindles, G.T., Reinhardt., E, Roe, H.M. (2013) Climate change and decadal to centennial-scale climate periodicities recorded in a Late Holocene NE Pacific marine record: examining the role of solar forcing. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 386, 669-689. [link]

Patterson, R.T., Chang, A., Prokoph, A., Roe, H.M. (2013). Influence of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation on climate and primary productivity change in the northeast Pacific. Quaternary International, 310, 124-139. [link]

Swindles, G.T., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M., Galloway, J.M. (2013). Evaluating periodicities in peat-based climate proxy records. Quaternary Science Reviews, 41, 94-103. [link]

Roe, H.M. (2013). Review of 'Mallorca: The making of the landscape' by R. J. Buswell. Island Studies Journal, 8(2), 338-340. 

Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M., Swindles, G.T. (2012). Development of an Arcellacean (testate lobose amoebae) based transfer function for sedimentary phosphorous in lakes. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 348-349, 32-44. [link]

Swindles, G.T., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M., Galloway, J.M. (2012). Evaluating periodicities in peat-based climate proxy records. Quaternary Science Reviews, 41, 94-103. [link]

Rea, H.A., Swindles, G.T., Roe, H.M. (2012). The Hekla 1947 tephra in the North of Ireland: regional distribution, concentration and geochemistry. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27, 425-431. [link]

Elliott, S.M., Roe, H.M., Patterson, R.T. (2012) Testate amoebae as indicators of hydroseral change: an 8,500 year record from Mer Bleue Bog, eastern Ontario, Canada. Quaternary International, 268, 128-144. [link]

Briant, R.M., Keen, D.H., Kilfeather, A.A., Parfitt, S., Penkman, K.E.H., Preece, R.C., Roe, H.M., Schwenninger, J-L., Wenban-Smith, F.F., Whittaker, J.E. (2012). Integrated chronological control on a Pleistocene river terrace sequence: the Medway, eastern Essex, England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 123, 87-108. [link]

Roe, H.M., Preece, R.C. (2011). Incised palaeo-channels of the late Middle Pleistocene Thames: age, origins and implications for fluvial palaeogeography and sea-level reconstruction in the southern North Sea basin. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 2498-2519. [link]

Smith, B.J., McAlister, J.J., Roe H.M., Royle, S.A. (2011). Metal and oxalate contamination in a suburban watershed in the Greater Toronto Area: the benefits of employing acid leach and selective extraction procedures. Journal of Environmental Management, 92(3) 848-858. [link]

Roe, H.M., Penkman, K.E.H., Preece, R.C., Briant, R.M., Francis Wenban-Smith, F. (2011). Evolution of the Thames Estuary during MIS 9: insights from the Shoeburyness area, Essex. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 122, 397-418. [link]

Patterson, R.T., Swindles, G.T., Roe, H.M., Kumar, A. (2011). A dinoflagellate cyst-based transfer function for mid to late Holocene winter sea-surface temperature from an anoxic fjord in the NE Pacific Ocean. Quaternary International, 235, 13-25. [link]

Roe, H.M., Patterson, R.T., Swindles, G.T. (2010). Controls on the contemporary distribution of lake thecamoebians (testate amoebae) in the Greater Toronto Area and their potential as water quality indicators. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43(4), 123-140. [link]

Galloway, J.M., Babalola, L., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M. (2010). A high resolution marine palynological record from the central mainland coast of British Columbia, Canada: evidence for a mid-late Holocene dry climate interval. Marine Micropaleontology, 75, 62-78. [link]

Roe, H.M., Robinson, D.P. (2010). The use of Personal Response Systems (PRS) in multiple-choice asssessment: benefits and pitfalls over traditional, paper-based approaches. Planet, 23, 54-62. [link]

Swindles, G.T. Blundell, A., Roe, H.M., Hall, V.A. (2010). A 4500-year proxy climate record from peatlands in the North of Ireland: the identification of widespread 'drought phases' in Northwest Europe? Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 1577-1589 [link]

Roe, H.M., Coope, G.R., Devoy, R.J.N., Harrison, C.J.O., Penkman, K.E.H., Preece, R.C., Schreve, D.C. (2009). Differentiation of MIS 9 and MIS 11 in the continental record: vegetational, faunal, aminostratigraphic and sea-level evidence from coastal sites in eastern Essex, UK. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 2342-2373. [link]

Galloway, J.M., Doherty, C.T., Patterson, R.T., Roe, H.M. (2009). Postglacial vegetation and climate dynamics in the Seymour-Belize Inlet Complex, central coastal British Columbia, Canada: palynological evidence from Tiny Lake. Journal of Quaternary Science, 24(4), 322-335. [link]

Roe, H.M., Doherty, C.T., Patterson, R.T., Swindles, G.T. (2009). Contemporary distributions of saltmarsh diatoms from the Seymour Inlet Complex, British Columbia, Canada: implications for studies of sea-level change. Marine Micropalaeontology, 70 (3-4), 134-150. [link]

Swindles, G.T., Roe, H.M., Charman, D.J., Sansum, P.A. (2009). Environmental controls on peatland testate amoebae (Protozoa: Rhizopoda) in the North of Ireland: implications for paleoclimate studies. Journal of Paleolimnology, 42(1), 123-140. DOI:10.1007/s10933-008-9266-7 [link]

Roe, H.M. (2008). Late-glacial and Holocene relative sea-level change in Northern Ireland. In: Whitehouse, N.J., Roe, H.M., McCarron, S., Knight, J. (eds.) North of Ireland: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London. 21-28 pp. ISBN 0907 780 776.

Whitehouse, N.J., Roe, H.M., McCarron, S., Knight, J. (2008). North of Ireland: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association, London. 286 pp. ISBN 0907 780 776. [link]

Roe, H.M., Swindles, G.T. (2008). Holocene sea-level history and coastal evolution of Glenariff, County Antrim. In: Whitehouse, N.J., Roe, H.M., McCarron, S. and Knight, J. (eds.) North of Ireland: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association. London. 106-116 pp. ISBN 0907 780 776.

Watchorn, M.A., Hamilton, P.B., Anderson, T.W., Roe, H.M., Patterson, R.T. (2008). Diatoms and pollen as indicators of water quality and land use change: a case study from the Oak Ridges Moraine, Southern Ontario, Canada. Journal of Paleolimnology, 39(4), 491-509. DOI:10.1007/s10933-007-9126-x [link]

Roe, H.M., Swindles, G.T. (2008). Post-glacial evolution of the Lower Dun Valley, Co. Antrim: a re-examination of the Movius (1940) sections at Cushendun. In: Whitehouse, N.J., Roe, H.M., McCarron, S. and Knight, J. (eds.) North of Ireland: Field Guide. Quaternary Research Association. London. 117-128 pp. ISBN 0907 780 776.

Additional Publications


External Grant Funding:

  • 2009- Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Tephrochronology Analytical Unit (TAU) ‘Peatland records of recent (c. last 250 years) climate change in the North of Ireland.’ (with H. Rea) £4,680
  • 2009- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ‘Impact of climate change on the long-term viability of the strategically important Tibbitt to Contwoyto winter road, Northwest Territories, Canada’ Co-investigator with Prof Tim Patterson (PI) Carleton University, Ottawa and Prof Paula Reimer, QUB CDN$461,530
  • 2005- Northern Ireland Environment and Heritage Service ‘Peatland archives of Holocene climate change in the North of Ireland.’ (with G. Swindles) £1,276.
  • 2004-  The Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, ‘Sustained Studies in Contemporary Canadian Issues Program’.  Principal Investigator. £17,744
  • 2004-  NERC - Radiocarbon Dating Facility  ‘Late Quaternary relative sea-level  change in the Belize-Seymour Inlet complex, British Columbia, Canada.’ 14 AMS Radiocarbon dates   £5,850
  • 2002-  National Environmental Research Council (NERC) Airborne Remote Sensing Facility  ‘Intertidal biofacies mapping and terrain modelling of Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland’ 
  • 2001- The Royal Society. ‘Coastal response to higher-than-present sea levels in Eastern Ulster’  £8,608
  • 2001- Nuffield Foundation - Grant for newly appointed lecturers in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. ‘Holocene sea-level change in SE Ulster’  £4,211