Professor Neil Roberts

Professor Neil Roberts

Emeritus Professor

Faculty of Science and Engineering


B.A., Geography, Oxford, 1975

Ph.D., London (UCL), 1980

Honorary Doctorate, Ankara University, Turkey, 2018

Professional membership

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)

British Society for Geomorphology

History and Philosophy of Geography Study Group

Quaternary Research Association (Honorary Life Membership)

American Quaternary Association (AMQUA)

British Institute at Ankara

International Society for Diatom Research

American Geophysical Union

Roles on external bodies

Editor in Chief: Journal of Quaternary Science (Wiley) on behalf of the Quaternary Research Association

Research interests

Holocene environmental change, palaeolimnology, diatom and stable isotope analyses, environmental archaeology, Mediterranean and Africa

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Matthew Jones, Ph.D. 2004, "High-resolution records of climate change from lacustrine stable isotopes through the last two millennia in western Turkey’.
Amy Burgess. Ph.D. 2004, "The development of diatom-nutrient palaeolimnological inference models for UK lowland reservoirs".
Rebecca Turner, Ph.D. 2007 ‘Late Quaternary fire histories in the East Mediterranean region’.
Jessie Woodbridge, Ph.D. 2009 'Late-Holocene lake diatom-inferred palaeoclimate from central Turkey'
Zuzanna Stroynowski, Ph.D. 2009 A high-resolution climatic study of the Norwegian and Iberian shelves during the Late Holocene: a diatom perspective' 
Samantha Allcock, Ph.D. 2013 ‘Holocene climate variability and socio-evolutionary trajectories, central Turkey’

Emma Rice, PhD 2017, “Tracking Holocene changes in the southern hemisphere westerly wind belt from lakes and bogs in Tierra del Fuego”, NERC funded, co-supervised with T Daley.

Grants & contracts

recent grants

2006-2007        Blaustein Visiting fellowship, Stanford University

2007-08 €14,520 from ESF, under the MEDCLIVAR initiative, for a workshop meeting (June 2008, Pisa) on 'Oxygen isotopes as tracers of Mediterranean climate variability: linking past, present and future' with Dr M Jones (Nottingham) and Dr G Zanchetta (Pisa)

2009-10  $22,000 from National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration ‘5000 years of climatic and cultural change in Cappadocia, central Turkey’. [grant no. 8632-09]

2010-11   British Institute at Ankara, “5000 years of climatic and cultural change in Cappadocia, central Turkey”, £13,500

2011-2015  £146,741 from Leverhulme Trust on “Deforesting Europe: a pollen-based reconstruction of Holocene land cover change”, with Dr R Fyfe and Dr J Woodbridge

2012-2013    £46,291 from NERC on “Climate change and the Plague of Justinian”; with Warren Eastwood (Birmingham), Matt Jones (Nottingham) and NIGL.

2015-18 £298,065; £160,168 to Plymouth, from Leverhulme on “Changing the face ofthe Mediterranean: land cover and population since the advent of farming”, withRalph Fyfe and Jessie Woodbridge, along with UCL colleagues





Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Jardine PE, Fraser WT, Gosling WD, Roberts CN, Eastwood WJ & Lomax BH 2019 'Proxy reconstruction of ultraviolet-B irradiance at the Earth’s surface, and its relationship with solar activity and ozone thickness' The Holocene 30, (1) 155-161 , DOI
Roberts N 2019 'How humans changed the face of Earth' Science 365, (6456) 865-866 , DOI
Wynants M, Kelly C, Mtei K, Munishi L, Patrick A, Rabinovich A, Nasseri M, Gilvear D, Roberts CN & Boeckx P 2019 'Drivers of increased soil erosion in East Africa’s agro-pastoral systems: changing interactions between the social, economic and natural domains' Regional Environmental Change , DOI PEARL
Roberts CN, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Palmisano A, Bevan A, Fyfe RM & Shennan S 2019 'Mediterranean landscape change during the Holocene: synthesis, comparison and regional trends in population, land cover and climate' Holocene , DOI PEARL
Berger J-F, Shennan S, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Palmisano A, Mazier F, Nuninger L, Guillon S, Doyen E, Begeot C & Andrieu-Ponel V 2019 'Holocene land cover and population dynamics in southern France' Holocene , DOI PEARL
Walsh K, Berger J-F, Roberts CN, Vanniere B, Ghilardi M, Brown AG, Woodbridge J, Lespez L, Estrany J & Glais A 2019 'Holocene demographic fluctuations, climate and erosion in the Mediterranean: A meta data-analysis' The Holocene 29, (5) 864-885 , DOI PEARL
Finné M, Woodbridge J, Labuhn I & Roberts CN 2019 'Holocene hydro-climatic variability in the Mediterranean: A synthetic multi-proxy reconstruction' The Holocene 29, (5) 847-863 , DOI PEARL
Langgut D, Cheddadi R, Carrión JS, Cavanagh M, Colombaroli D, Eastwood WJ, Greenberg R, Litt T, Mercuri AM & Miebach A 2019 'The origin and spread of olive cultivation in the Mediterranean Basin: The fossil pollen evidence' The Holocene 29, (5) 902-922 , DOI PEARL
Cheddadi R, Palmisano A, López-Sáez JA, Nourelbait M, Zielhofer C, Tabel J, Rhoujjati A, Khater C, Woodbridge J & Lucarini G 2019 'Human demography changes in Morocco and environmental imprint during the Holocene' The Holocene 29, (5) 816-829 , DOI PEARL
Woodbridge-Fisher J, Roberts CN & Fyfe R 2019 'Pollen-inferred regional vegetation patterns and demographic change in Southern Anatolia through the Holocene' The Holocene PEARL
Stoddart S, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Palmisano A, Mercuri AM, Mensing S, Colombaroli D, Sadori L, Magri L, di Rita F & Giardini M 2019 'Tyrrhenian central Italy: Holocene population and landscape ecology' Holocene , DOI PEARL
Roffet-Salque M, Marciniak A, Valdes PJ, Roberts CN, Pawlowska K, Pyzel J, Czerniak L, Krüger M, Pitter S & Evershed RP 2019 'Reply to Wainwright and Ayala: Synchronicity of climate and cultural proxies around 8.2 kyBP at Çatalhöyük' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, (9) 3345-3346 , DOI
Jones MD, Abu-Jaber N, AlShdaifat A, Baird D, Cook BI, Cuthbert MO, Dean JR, Djamali M, Eastwood W & Fleitmann D 2019 '20,000 years of societal vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in southwest Asia' Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water 6, (2) e1330-e1330 , DOI
Bevan A, Palmisano A, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Fyfe RM, Roberts CN & Shennan S 2019 'The changing face of the Mediterranean: land cover, demography, and environmental change' Holocene , DOI PEARL
Palmisano A, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Roberts CN, Bevan A, Fyfe RM, Shennan S, Cheddadi R, Greenberg R, Kaniewski D & Langgut D 2019 'Holocene Landscape Dynamics and Long-term Population Trends in the Levant' The Holocene , DOI PEARL
Fyfe RM, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Palmisano A, Bevan A, Shennan S, Burjachs F, Leggaro Herrero B, Garcia Puchol O, Carrion JS & Revelles J 2019 'Prehistoric palaeodemographics and regional land cover change in eastern Iberia' The Holocene , DOI PEARL
Weiberg E, Bevan A, Kouli K, Katsianis M, Woodbridge-Fisher J, Bonnier A, Engel M, Finne M, Fyfe RM & Maniatis Y 2019 'Long-term trends of land use and demography in Greece: a comparative study' Holocene , DOI PEARL
Blake WH, Rabinovich A, Wynants M, Kelly C, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Mtei K, Munishi L & Boeckx P 2018 'Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change' Environmental Research Letters 13, (12) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Eastwood WJ, Fairbairn A, Stroud E, Roberts N, Lamb H, Yigitbasioglu H, Senkul Ç, Moss A, Turner R & Boyer P 2018 'Comparing pollen and archaeobotanical data for Chalcolithic cereal agriculture at Çatalhöyük, Turkey' Quaternary Science Reviews 202, 4-18 , DOI PEARL
Roberts N, Allcock SL, Barnett H, Mather A, Eastwood WJ, Jones M, Primmer N, Yigitbasioglu H & Vanniere B 2018 'Cause-and-effect in Mediterranean erosion: The role of humans and climate upon Holocene sediment flux into a central Anatolian lake catchment' GEOMORPHOLOGY 331, 36-48 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Roffet-Salque M, Marciniak A, Valdes PJ, Pawlowska K, Pyzel J, Czerniak L, Krüger M, Roberts CN, Pitter S & Evershed RP 2018 'Evidence for the impact of the 8.2-kyBP climate event on Near Eastern early farmers' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, (35) 8705-8709 , DOI PEARL
Woodbridge-Fisher J, Roberts CN & Fyfe RM 2018 'Pan-Mediterranean Holocene vegetation and land-cover dynamics from synthesised pollen data' Journal of Biogeography 45, (9) , DOI PEARL
Haldon J, Mordechai L, Newfield TP, Chase AF, Izdebski A, Guzowski P, Labuhn I & Roberts N 2018 'Historymeets palaeoscience: Consilience and collaboration in studying past societal responses to environmental change' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115, (13) 3210-3218 Author Site , DOI
Roberts N, Cassis M, Doonan O, Eastwood W, Elton H, Haldon J, Izdebski A & Newhard J 2018 'Not the End of the World? Post-Classical Decline and Recovery in Rural Anatolia' Human Ecology , DOI PEARL
Roberts N, Fyfe RM, Woodbridge J, Gaillard M-J, Davis BAS, Kaplan JO, Marquer L, Mazier F, Nielsen AB & Sugita S 2018 'Europe's lost forests: a pollen-based synthesis for the last 11,000 years' SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 8, Author Site , DOI PEARL
Fyfe RM, Woodbridge J & Roberts CN 2017 'Trajectories of change in Mediterranean Holocene vegetation through classification of pollen data' Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 27, 351-364 , DOI PEARL
Roberts N, Woodbridge J, Bevan A, Palmisano A, Shennan S & Asouti E 2017 'Human responses and non-responses to climatic variations during the last Glacial-Interglacial transition in the eastern Mediterranean' Quaternary Science Reviews , DOI PEARL
Dean JR, Jones MD, Leng MJ, Metcalfe SE, Sloane HJ, Eastwood WJ & Roberts CN 2017 'Seasonality of Holocene hydroclimate in the Eastern Mediterranean reconstructed using the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatoms from Lake Nar, central Turkey' The Holocene 28, (2) 267-276 , DOI
Roberts N 2016 'Review of Harald Meller , Helge Wolfgang Arz , Reinhard Jung & Roberto Risch (ed.). 2200 BC—Ein Klimasturz als Ursache für den Zerfall der Alten Welt? 2200 BC—A climatic breakdown as a cause for the collapse of the Old World? 7. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag vom 23. bis 26. Oktober 2014 in Halle (Saale). 7th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany October 23–26, 2014 in Halle (Saale) (2 volumes). 2015. 861 pages, numerous colour and b&w illustrations, and tables. Halle (Saale): Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte. 978-3-944507-29-3 hardback €109' Antiquity 90, (351) 819-821 , DOI PEARL
Roberts N, Allcock SL, Arnaud F, Dean JR, Eastwood WJ, Jones MD, Leng MJ, Metcalfe SE, Malet E & Woodbridge J 2016 'A tale of two lakes: a multi-proxy comparison of Lateglacial and Holocene environmental change in Cappadocia, Turkey' JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE 31, (4) 348-362 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Izdebski A, Pickett J, Roberts N & Waliszewski T 2016 'The environmental, archaeological and historical evidence for regional climatic changes and their societal impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity' Quaternary Science Reviews 136, 189-208 , DOI
Ruddiman WF, Fuller DQ, Kutzbach JE, Tzedakis PC, Kaplan JO, Ellis EC, Vavrus SJ, Roberts CN, Fyfe R & He F 2016 'Late Holocene climate: Natural or anthropogenic?' Reviews of Geophysics 54, (1) 93-118 , DOI PEARL
Luterbacher J, Werner JP, Smerdon JE, Fernández-Donado L, González-Rouco FJ, Barriopedro D, Ljungqvist FC, Büntgen U, Zorita E & Wagner S 2016 'European summer temperatures since Roman times' Environmental Research Letters 11, (2) 024001-024001 , DOI PEARL
Holmes JA, Tindall J, Roberts N, Marshall W, Marshall JD, Bingham A, Feeser I, O'Connell M, Atkinson T & Jourdan A-L 2016 'Lake isotope records of the 8200-year cooling event in western Ireland: Comparison with model simulations' Quaternary Science Reviews 131, 341-349 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Dean JR, Eastwood WJ, Roberts N, Jones MD, Yigitbasioglu H, Allcock SL, Woodbridge J, Metcalfe SE & Leng MJ 2015 'Tracking the hydro-climatic signal from lake to sediment: A field study from central Turkey' Journal of Hydrology 529, 608-621 , DOI
Dean JR, Jones MD, Leng MJ, Noble SR, Metcalfe SE, Sloane HJ, Sahy D, Eastwood WJ & Roberts CN 2015 'Eastern Mediterranean hydroclimate over the late glacial and Holocene, reconstructed from the sediments of Nar lake, central Turkey, using stable isotopes and carbonate mineralogy' Quaternary Science Reviews 124, 162-174 , DOI PEARL
Fyfe RM, Woodbridge J & Roberts N 2015 'From forest to farmland: pollen-inferred land cover change across Europe using the pseudobiomization approach' Glob Chang Biol 21, (3) 1197-1212 Author Site , DOI
Hall T, Toms P, McGuinness M, Parker C & Roberts N 2015 'Where's the Geography department? The changing administrative place of Geography in UK higher education' AREA 47, (1) 56-64 Author Site , DOI
Woodbridge J, Fyfe RM & Roberts N 2014 'A comparison of remotely sensed and pollen-based approaches to mapping Europe's land cover' JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY 41, (11) 2080-2092 Author Site , DOI
Woodbridge J, Fyfe RM, Roberts N, Downey S, Edinborough K & Shennan S 2014 'The impact of the Neolithic agricultural transition in Britain: a comparison of pollen-based land-cover and archaeological C-14 date-inferred population change' JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE 51, 216-224 Author Site , DOI
Lechterbeck J, Edinborough K, Kerig T, Fyfe R, Roberts N & Shennan S 2014 'Is Neolithic land use correlated with demography? An evaluation of pollen-derived land cover and radiocarbon-inferred demographic change from Central Europe' HOLOCENE 24, (10) 1297-1307 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Allcock SL & Roberts N 2014 'Changes in regional settlement patterns in Cappadocia (central Turkey) since the Neolithic: a combined site survey perspective' Anatolian Studies 64, 33-58 , DOI
Haldon J, Roberts N, Izdebski A, Fleitmann D, McCormick M, Cassis M, Doonan O, Eastwood W, Elton H & Ladstätter S 2014 'The climate and environment of Byzantine Anatolia: integrating science, history and archaeology' Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45, (2) 113-161 , DOI
Sadori L, Bertini A, Combourieu-Nebout N, Kouli K, Mariotti Lippi M, Roberts N & Mercuri A-M 2013 'Palynology and Mediterranean vegetation history' Flora Mediterranea 23, , DOI
Dean JR, Jones MD, Leng MJ, Sloane HJ, Roberts CN, Woodbridge J, Swann GEA, Metcalfe SE, Eastwood WJ & Yigitbasioglu H 2013 'Palaeo-seasonality of the last two millennia reconstructed from the oxygen isotope composition of carbonates and diatom silica from Nar Golu, central Turkey' QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 66, 35-44 Author Site , DOI
Zanchetta G, Van Welden A, Baneschi I, Drysdale R, Sadori L, Roberts N, Giardini M, Beck C, Pascucci V & Sulpizio R 2012 'Multiproxy record for the last 4500 years from Lake Shkodra (Albania/Montenegro)' JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE 27, (8) 780-789 Author Site , DOI
Daniau A-L, Bartlein PJ, Harrison SP, Prentice IC, Brewer S, Friedlingstein P, Harrison-Prentice TI, Inoue J, Izumi K & Marlon JR 2012 'Predictability of biomass burning in response to climate changes' GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES 26, Author Site , DOI
Sadori L, Zanchetta G, Van Welden A, Baneschi I, Drysdale R, Giardini M, Gliozzi E, Mazzini I & Roberts N 2012 'Climate changes at Lake Shkodra (Albania): The last 4500 years' Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana 18, 35-38 , DOI
Roberts N, Moreno A, Valero-Garces BL, Pablo Corella J, Jones M, Allcock S, Woodbridge J, Morellon M, Luterbacher J & Xoplaki E 2012 'Palaeolimnological evidence for an east-west climate see-saw in the Mediterranean since AD 900' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 84-85, 23-34 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Daley TJ, Thomas ER, Holmes JA, Street-Perrott FA, Chapman MR, Tindall JC, Valdes PJ, Loader NJ, Marshall JD & Wolff EW 2011 'The 8200 yr BP cold event in stable isotope records from the North Atlantic region' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 79, (3-4) 288-302 Author Site , DOI
Woodbridge J & Roberts N 2011 'Late Holocene climate of the Eastern Mediterranean inferred from diatom analysis of annually-laminated lake sediments' QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 30, (23-24) 3381-3392 Author Site , DOI
Vanniere B, Power MJ, Roberts N, Tinner W, Carrion J, Magny M, Bartlein P, Colombaroli D, Daniau AL & Finsinger W 2011 'Circum-Mediterranean fire activity and climate changes during the mid-Holocene environmental transition (8500-2500 cal. BP)' HOLOCENE 21, (1) 53-73 Author Site , DOI
Roberts N, Eastwood WJ, Kuzucuoglu C, Fiorentino G & Caracuta V 2011 'Climatic, vegetation and cultural change in the eastern Mediterranean during the mid-Holocene environmental transition' HOLOCENE 21, (1) 147-162 Author Site , DOI
Zanchetta G, Sulpizio R, Roberts N, Cioni R, Eastwood WJ, Siani G, Caron B, Paterne M & Santacroce R 2011 'Tephrostratigraphy, chronology and climatic events of the Mediterranean basin during the Holocene: An overview' HOLOCENE 21, (1) 33-52 Author Site , DOI
Roberts N, Brayshaw D, Kuzucuoglu C, Perez R & Sadori L 2011 'The mid-Holocene climatic transition in the Mediterranean: Causes and consequences' HOLOCENE 21, (1) 3-13 Author Site , DOI
Fyfe R, Roberts N & Woodbridge J 2010 'A pollen-based pseudobiomisation approach to anthropogenic land-cover change' HOLOCENE 20, (7) 1165-1171 Author Site , DOI
Woodbridge J & Roberts N 2010 'Linking neo- and palaeolimnology: a case study using crater lake diatoms from central Turkey' JOURNAL OF PALEOLIMNOLOGY 44, (3) 855-871 Author Site , DOI
Djamali M, Akhani H, Andrieu-Ponel V, Braconnot P, Brewer S, de Beaulieu J-L, Fleitmann D, Fleury J, Gasse F & Guibal F 2010 'Indian Summer Monsoon variations could have affected the early-Holocene woodland expansion in the Near East' HOLOCENE 20, (5) 813-820 Author Site , DOI
Hoelzmann P, Schwalb A, Roberts N, Cooper P & Burgess A 2010 'Hydrological response of an east-Saharan palaeolake (NW Sudan) to early-Holocene climate' HOLOCENE 20, (4) 537-549 Author Site , DOI
Leng MJ, Jones MD, Frogley MR, Eastwood WJ, Kendrick CP & Roberts CN 2010 'Detrital carbonate influences on bulk oxygen and carbon isotope composition of lacustrine sediments from the Mediterranean' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 71, (3-4) 175-182 Author Site , DOI
Roberts CN, Zanchetta G & Jones MD 2010 'Oxygen isotopes as tracers of Mediterranean climate variability: An introduction' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 71, (3-4) 135-140 Author Site , DOI
Turner R, Roberts N, Eastwood WJ, Jenkins E & Rosen A 2010 'Fire, climate and the origins of agriculture: micro-charcoal records of biomass burning during the last glacial-interglacial transition in Southwest Asia' JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE 25, (3) 371-386 Author Site , DOI
Roberts N & Rosen A 2009 'Diversity and Complexity in Early Farming Communities of Southwest Asia: New Insights into the Economic and Environmental Basis of Neolithic Catalhoyuk' CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 50, (3) 393-402 Author Site , DOI
England A, Eastwood WJ, Roberts CN, Turner R & Haldon JF 2008 'Historical landscape change in Cappadocia (central Turkey): a palaeoecological investigation of annually laminated sediments from Nar lake' HOLOCENE 18, (8) 1229-1245 Author Site , DOI
Roberts N, Jones MD, Benkaddour A, Eastwood WJ, Filippi ML, Frogley MR, Lamb HF, Leng MJ, Reed JM & Stein M 2008 'Stable isotope records of Late Quaternary climate and hydrology from Mediterranean lakes: the ISOMED synthesis' QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 27, (25-26) 2426-2441 Author Site , DOI
Turner R, Roberts N & Jones MD 2008 'Climatic pacing of Mediterranean fire histories from lake sedimentary microcharcoal' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 63, (4) 317-324 Author Site , DOI
Jones MD & Roberts CN 2008 'Interpreting lake isotope records of Holocene environmental change in the Eastern Mediterranean' QUATERNARY INTERNATIONAL 181, 32-38 Author Site , DOI
Eastwood WJ, Leng MJ, Roberts N & Davis B 2007 'Holocene climate change in the eastern Mediterranean region: a comparison of stable isotope and pollen data from Lake Golhisar, southwest Turkey' Journal of Quaternary Science 22, (4) 327-341
Jones MD, Roberts CN & Leng MJ 2007 'Quantifying climatic change through the last glacial-interglacial transition based on lake isotope palaeohydrology from central Turkey' Quaternary Research 67, (3) 463-473
Jones M, Roberts N, Leng MJ & Turkes M 2006 'A high-resolution late Holocene lake isotope record fromTurkey and links to North Atlantic and monsoon climate' Geology 34 (5), 361-364 , DOI
Boyer P, Roberts N & Baird D 2006 'Holocene environment and settlement on the Carsamba alluvial fan, south-central Turkey: Integrating geoarchaeology and archaeological field survey' Geoarchaeology-An International Journal 21, (7) 675-698
Jones MD, Leng MJ, Roberts CN, Turkes M & Moyeed R 2005 'A coupled calibration and modelling approach to the understanding of dry-land lake oxygen isotope records' Journal of Paleolimnology 34, (3) 391-411
Roberts N 2002 'Did prehistoric landscape management retard the post-glacial spread of woodland in Southwest Asia?' Antiquity 76, (294) 1002-1010
Eastwood WJ, Tibby J, Roberts N, Birks HJB & Lamb HF 2002 'The environmental impact of the Minoan eruption of Santorini (Thera): statistical analysis of palaeoecological data from Golhisar, southwest Turkey' Holocene 12, (4) 431-444
Sayer CD & Roberts N 2001 'Establishing realistic restoration targets for nutrient-enriched shallow lakes: linking diatom ecology and palaeoecology at the Attenborough Ponds, UK' Hydrobiologia 448, (1-3) 117-142
Leng M, Barker P, Greenwood P, Roberts N & Reed J 2001 'Oxygen isotope analysis of diatom silica and authigenic calcite from Lake Pinarbasi, Turkey' Journal of Paleolimnology 25, (3) 343-349
Roberts N, Meadows ME & Dodson JR 2001 'The history of mediterranean-type environments: climate, culture and landscape' Holocene 11, (6) 631-634
Meadows ME, Dodson JR & Roberts CN 2001 'The Holocene history of mediterranean-type environments in the Eastern Hemisphere' The Holocene 11, (6) 631-768
Roberts N, Reed JM, Leng MJ, Kuzucuoglu C, Fontugne M, Bertaux J, Woldring H, Bottema S, Black S & Hunt E 2001 'The tempo of Holocene climatic change in the eastern Mediterranean region: new high-resolution crater-lake sediment data from central Turkey' Holocene 11, (6) 721-736
Roberts N 2000 'Review of Ecology, climate and empire: Colonialism and global environmental history, 1400-1940 by Grove, R' JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY 26, (1) 131-132 Author Site , DOI
Verschuren D, Tibby J, Leavitt PR & Roberts CN 1999 'The environmental history of a climate-sensitive lake in the former 'White Highlands' of central Kenya' AMBIO 28, (6) 494-501 Author Site
Eastwood WJ, Pearce NJG, Westgate JA, Perkins WT, Lamb HF & Roberts N 1999 'Geochemistry of Santorini tephra in lake sediments from Southwest Turkey' GLOBAL AND PLANETARY CHANGE 21, (1-3) 17-29 Author Site , DOI
Verschuren D, Cocquyt C, Tibby J, Roberts CN & Leavitt PR 1999 'Long-term dynamics of algal and invertebrate communities in a small, fluctuating tropical soda lake' Limnology and Oceanography 44, (5) 1216-1231 , DOI
Reed JM, Roberts N & Leng MJ 1999 'An evaluation of the diatom response to Late Quaternary environmental change in two lakes in the Konya Basin, Turkey, by comparison with stable isotope data' Quaternary Science Reviews 18, (4-5) 631-646 , DOI
Eastwood WJ, Roberts N, Lamb HF & Tibby JC 1999 'Holocene environmental change in southwest Turkey: a palaeoecological record of lake and catchment-related changes' Quaternary Science Reviews 18, (4-5) 671-695 , DOI
Sayer C, Roberts N, Sadler J, David C & Wade PM 1999 'Biodiversity changes in a shallow lake ecosystem: a multi‐proxy palaeolimnological analysis' Journal of Biogeography 26, (1) 97-114 , DOI
Roberts N, Black S, Boyer P, Eastwood WJ, Griffiths HI, Lamb HF, Leng MJ, Parish R, Reed JM & Twigg D 1999 'Chronology and stratigraphy of Late Quaternary sediments in the Konya Basin, Turkey: Results from the KOPAL Project' QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 18, (4-5) 611-630 Author Site , DOI
Lamb H, Roberts N, Leng M, Barker P, Benkaddour A & van der Kaars S 1999 'Lake evolution in a semi-arid montane environment: response to catchment change and hydroclimatic variation' Journal of Paleolimnology 21, (3) 325-343 , DOI
Leng MJ, Roberts N, Reed JM & Sloane HJ 1999 'Late Quaternary palaeohydrology of the Konya Basin, Turkey based on isotope studies of modern hydrology and lacustrine carbonates' Journal of Paleolimnology 22, (2) 187-204 , DOI
Roberts N, Kuzucuoglu C & Karabiyikoglu M 1999 'The Late Quaternary in the Eastern Mediterranean region: an introduction' QUATERNARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 18, (4-5) 497-499 Author Site
Eastwood WJ, Roberts N & Lamb HF 1998 'Palaeoecological and archaeological evidence for human occupance in southwest Turkey: the Beyşehir occupation phase' Anatolian Studies 48, 69-86 , DOI
David C, Dearing J & Roberts N 1998 'Land-use history and sediment flux in a lowland lake catchment: Groby Pool, Leicestershire, UK' The Holocene 8, (4) 383-394 , DOI
Roberts N, Karabiyikoglu M, Kuzucuoglu C & Skelton P 1997 'Report Inter-INQUA Congress, Ankara Turkey' Episodes 20, (1) 40-42
Roberts N 1996 'The human transformation of the Earth's surface' International Social Science Journal 48, (150) 493-510 , DOI
Lamb HF, Gasse F, Benkaddour A, El Hamouti N, van der Kaars S, Perkins WT, Pearce NJ & Roberts CN 1995 'Relation between century-scale Holocene arid intervals in tropical and temperate zones' Nature 373, (6510) 134-137 , DOI
Barker PA, Roberts N, Lamb HF, van der Kaars S & Benkaddour A 1994 'Interpretation of Holocene lake-level change from diatom assemblages in Lake Sidi Ali, Middle Atlas, Morocco' Journal of Paleolimnology 12, (3) 223-234 , DOI
Roberts N, Taieb M, Barker P, Damnati B, Icole M & Williamson D 1993 'Timing of the Younger Dryas event in East Africa from lake-level changes' Nature 366, (6451) 146-148 , DOI
Roberts N 1993 'Sub-Milankovitch palaeoclimatic events: Their recognition and correlation' Climatic Change 24, (3) 175-178 , DOI
Barker P, Gasse FO, Roberts N & Taieb M 1991 'Taphonomy and diagenesis in diatom assemblages; a Late Pleistocene palaeoecological study from Lake Magadi, Kenya' Hydrobiologia 214, (1) 267-272 , DOI
David C & Roberts N 1991 'Vegetation change and pollen recruitment in a lowland lake catchment: Groby Pool, Leics (England)' Hydrobiologia 214, (1) 305-310 , DOI
Roberts N 1991 'Late quaternary geomorphological change and the origins of agriculture in south central Turkey' Geoarchaeology 6, (1) 1-26 , DOI
Bell M & Roberts N 1991 'The Political Ecology of Dambo Soil and Water Resources in Zimbabwe' Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 16, (3) 301-301 , DOI
Roberts N 1990 'Ups and downs of African lakes' Nature 346, (6280) 107-107 , DOI
Lambert RA, Hotchkiss PF, Roberts N, Faulkner RD, Bell M & Windram A 1990 'The use of wetlands (dambos) for micro-scale irrigation in Zimbabwe' Irrigation and Drainage Systems 4, (1) 17-28 , DOI
COHMAP members 1988 'Climatic Changes of the Last 18,000 Years: Observations and Model Simulations' Science 241, (4869) 1043-1052 , DOI
Roberts N 1988 'Dambos in Development: Management of a Fragile Ecological Resource' Journal of Biogeography 15, (1) 141-141 , DOI
Bell M & Roberts N 1986 'Development theory and practice in human and physical geography' Area 18, (1) 3-8
Roberts N 1984 'Lakes record climatic change' Geographical Magazine (October) 515-520
Roberts N 1984 'Reply to Comments by Ann P. El-Moslim' Quaternary Research 21, (1) 117-120 , DOI
Roberts N 1983 'Age, Palaeoenvironments, and Climatic Significance of Late Pleistocene Konya Lake, Turkey' Quaternary Research 19, (2) 154-171 , DOI
Roberts N 1982 'A note on the geomorphological environment of Çatal Hüyük, Turkey' Journal of Archaeological Science 9, (4) 341-348 , DOI
Roberts N, Street-Perrott A & Perrott A 1981 'The ' late-glacial' in the tropics' Quaternary Newsletter 35, 1-5
Roberts N, Erol O, de Meester T & Uerpmann H-P 1979 'Radiocarbon chronology of late Pleistocene Konya lake, Turkey' Nature 281, (5733) 662-664 , DOI
Roberts N 2014 The Holocene, 3rd ed. Oxford Wiley-Blackwell
National Research Council 2006 National Research Council STR Committee 2006 Surface temperature reconstructions for the past 2,000 years. National Academies Press, Washington DC.
Roberts CN & Kazanci N 2019 'The lake basins of southwest Anatolia' in Kuzucuoğlu C; Kazancı N; Çiner A Geomorphological Landscapes of Turkey Springer 325-329
Labuhn I, Finné M, Izdebski A, Roberts CN & Woodbridge J 2018 'Climatic changes and their impacts in the Mediterranean during the first millennium CE' in Izdebski A; Mulryan M Environment and Society in the Long Late Antiquity (Late Antique Archaeology 12) Leiden Brill 65-88
Roberts CN 2018 'Re-visiting the Beyşehir Occupation phase: land-cover change and the rural economy in the eastern Mediterranean during the first millennium AD' in Izdebski A; Mulryan M Environment and Society in the Long Late Antiquity (Late Antique Archaeology 12) Leiden Brill 65-88
Roberts N 2018 'The land of the Hittites: airs, waters and places' in Ullmann L; Weedon M The Geography and Landscape of the Hittites Brill 7-17
Roberts N 2016 'Çatalhöyük' Encyclopedia of Geoarchaeology Springer Netherlands 105-108 , DOI
Roberts CN 2015 'Holocene climate change and archaeological implications, with particular reference to the East Mediterranean region' in Kerner S; Dann RJ; Bansgaard P Climate and Ancient Societies Copenhagen Museum Tusculanum Press 27-39
Luterbacher J, García-Herrera R, Akcer-On S, Allan R, Alvarez-Castro M-C, Benito G, Booth J, Büntgen U, Cagatay N & Colombaroli D 2012 'A Review of 2000 Years of Paleoclimatic Evidence in the Mediterranean' The Climate of the Mediterranean Region Elsevier 87-185 , DOI
Roberts N 2011 'The Idea of Evolution in Geographical Thought' in Agnew J; Livingstone D The SAGE Handbook of Geographical Knowledge SAGE Publications Ltd 441-451 , DOI
Eastwood WJ, Boyer P & Roberts CN 2007 'Pollen analysis at Çatalhöyük' in Hodder I Excavating Çatalhöyük. South, North and KOPAL Area reports from the 1995-99 seasons. Çatalhöyük Research Project volume 3, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research / British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara Monograph 573-580
Boyer P, Merrick J & Roberts CN 2007 'The KOPAL on-site and off-site excavations at Çatalhöyük 1996-2001' in Hodder I Excavating Çatalhöyük. South, North and KOPAL Area reports from the 1995-99 seasons Çatalhöyük Research Project volume 3, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research / British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara Monograph 553-572
Rosen A & Roberts CN 2006 'The Nature of Çatalhöyük: People and their Changing Environments on the Konya Plain' in Hodder I Çatalhöyük perspectives: themes from the 1995-1999 seasons. Çatalhöyük Research Project volume 6, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research / British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara Monograph 39-53
Roberts N 2005 'Holocene epoch' Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
Roberts N, Stevenson AC, Davis B, Cheddadi R, Brewer S & Rosen A 2004 'Holocene climate, environment and cultural change in the circum-Mediterranean region' in Battarbee RW; Gasse F; Stickley C Past climate variability through Europe and Africa Dordrecht Kluwere 343-362
Gasse F & Roberts CN 2004 'Late Quaternary hydrologic changes in the arid and semiarid belt of northern Africa: implications for past atmospheric circulation' in Diaz HF; Bradley RS The Hadley Circulation: Present Past & Future Kluwer, Dordrecht 313-345
Roberts N 1995 'Climatic forcing of alluvial fan regimes during the late Quaternary in the Konya Basin, south central Turkey' in Woodward J; Lewin J; Macklin M Mediterranean Quaternary river environments 207-217
Roberts N & Barker P 1993 'Landscape stability and biogeomorphic response to past and future climatic shifts in intertropical Africa' in Thomas D; Allison R Landscape sensitivity J Wiley 65-82
Roberts N & Lambert R 1990 'Degradation of Dambo soils and peasant agriculture in Zimbabwe' in Boardman J; Dearing JE; Foster IDL Soil erosion on agricultural land J Wiley 537-558
Bell M & Roberts N 1990 'The politics and culture of dambo irrigation in Zimbabwe' in Cosgrove DE; Petts G Water, Engineering and Landscape Belhaven Press 129-143
Street-Perrott FA, Roberts N & Metcalfe S 1985 'Geomorphic implications of late Quaternary hydrological and climatic changes in the Northern Hemisphere tropics' in Douglas I; Spencer T Environmental change and tropical Geomorphology Allen and Unwin 165-183
Harrison SP, Metcalfe SE, Street-Perrott FA, Pittock AB, Roberts CN & Salinger MJ 1984 'A climatic model of the Last Glacial/ Interglacial transition based on palaeotemperature and palaeohydrological evidence' in Vogel JC Late Cainozoic Palaeoclimates of the Southern Hemisphere Rotterdam AA Balkema 21-34
Street-Perrott FA & Roberts N 1983 'Fluctuations in closed-basin lakes as an indicator of past atmospheric circulation patterns' in Street-Perrott FA; Beran M; Ratcliffe RAS Variations in the global water budget Dordrecht Kluwer 331-345
Roberts N 0 'Holocene Climates' Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series Springer Netherlands 438-442 , DOI
Roberts N 0 'Holocene Epoch' Encyclopedia of World Climatology Springer Netherlands 405-405 , DOI
Conference Papers
Windram A, Faulkner R, Bell M, Roberts N, Hotchkiss P & Lambert R 1985 'The use of dambos in small scale rural development' 114-117

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