Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 145–153 | Cite as

A short summary of my forty years in paleolimnology



Diatom Flora Varved Sediment Thermoactinomyces Varved Lake Sediment Atmospheric Lead Pollution 
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I am very grateful to all who have supported me and helped me over the years and particularly to my former PhD students for all their hard work and inspiration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environmental ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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