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Rosell i Melé, Antoni

ICREA Research Professor at UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

Born in Barcelona, moved to England in 1990 after completing a final year project in organic air pollution to earn his higher degree in chemistry. He pursued a PhD in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol (completed in 1994) supervised by G. Eglinton on the application of biomarkers to decipher natural causes of climate change. This became the central topic of his research career. In 1994 he joined the group of J. Maxwell as a post-doctoral researcher also in the School of Chemistry of Bristol. In 1996 he moved as a NERC fellow to the Department of Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Newcastle, England. In 1999 he became a lecturer in the department of Geography at Durham University, England, until 2001, when he moved back to Barcelona as an ICREA Research Professor.

Research Interests

The main focus of my work is the study of Earth's climate natural variability. I apply organic geochemical techniques that allow the quantitative reconstruction of past climates. My work develops in three main areas i) the development of novel biomarker methods of climate reconstruction; ii) their application to reconstruct the dynamics and role of the ocean on climate over the last 5 million years; and iii) the use of such information to validate and constrain the sensitivity of climate models.
I am also involved in the study of the impacts of anthropogenic activities in natural environments. I apply an environmental forensics approach to study the origin and fate of organic pollutants in remote environments, like the deep sea or the Amazonian rainforests.
A third area of research is the study of organic matter in an archaeological context, mainly to reconstruct palaeodiets of ancient cultures and the use or function of archaeological artifacts.


Key Words

climate change, paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, environmental chemistry, marine chemistry, biomarkers, biogeochemistry, organic pollution