Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Professor of Physical Geography
Telephone 02890 975148
Email h.roe@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Natural and Built Environment
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Palaeoecological / palaeolimnological approaches


Key Research Interests

  • Response of wetlands (especially lakes and peatlands) to environmental change
  • Biomonitoring applications of shelled protozoans (testate amoebae, diatoms, foraminifera)
  • Impacts of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems
  • Late Quaternary climate and sea-level change
  • Ecology and biogeography of testate amoebae

Recent Key Papers

  • Nasser N, Patterson RT, Roe, HM et al. (2020). Use of Arcellinida tolerance limits as a novel tool for biomonitoring Arsenic contamination in lakes. Ecological Indicators, 113: 106177.
  • Dalton, A., Patterson, RT, Roe, HM et al. (2018). Late Holocene climatic variability in Subarctic Canada: insights from a high-resolution lake record from the central Northwest Territories. PLoS ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199872
  • Roe HM et al. (2017). Re-assessing the vertical distribution of testate amoeba communities in surface peats: implications for palaeohydrological studies. European Journal of Protistology, 60: 13-27

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Tracking eutrophication in UK lakes: the potential of testate amoebae (recently completed)
  • Early to mid Holocene landscape evolution and vegetation development in the central Northwest Territories, Canada (recently completed)
  • QUADRAT DTP student, David Hatton: The impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on cyanobacteria blooms in lakes
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Samuel Barber: Development of multi-disciplinary tools for the assessment of permafrost degradation on road transport infrastructure