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Loughborough academic receives esteemed Wolfson Research Merit Award

Professor John Anderson

Loughborough University academic and world-leading geographer Professor John Anderson has been appointed a Wolfson Research Merit Award holder by the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of science.

Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Professor Anderson’s area of expertise is the investigation of remote lakes as sensors and recorders of disturbed global biogeochemical cycles.  He explains: “The sediment that collects at the bottom of lakes provides a long-term history of changes both in the lake and its surroundings.

“These sediment records are useful for two reasons.  Firstly, they provide a record of environmental change pollution at remote sites where it is impossible to derive long-term trends any other way; secondly, they allow an evaluation of how lake ecosystems are responding to key environmental stressors such as nitrogen and climate change.”

Professor Anderson currently holds a Chinese National Academy of Sciences Senior Visiting Professorship at Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology.  Here he is working with Chinese colleagues on the ecological effects of nitrogen deposition in a series of remote lakes in Sichuan Province, at the edge of the Tibetan plateau.  He has also recently been awarded two Natural Environment Research Council grants to continue his work on lakes in Greenland.

He is one of 27 Wolfson Research Merit Award holders announced today (Friday April 26) by the Royal Society.

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