Antoni Rosell-Melé

Antoni Rosell-Melé

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I trained as an analytical chemist at the Chemical Institute of Sarrià (IQS), in Barcelona, and subsequently as an environmental chemist at CSIC under the supervision of J. Grimalt and J. Albaigés. I moved to England in 1990 to earn a PhD in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol (completed in 1994), in the group of G. Eglinton, on the application of biomarkers to decipher natural causes of climate change. This has become the central topic of my research career. In 1994 I joined the group of J. Maxwell as a post-doctoral researcher also in the School of Chemistry of Bristol to develop the use of fossil chlorophylls as climatic proxies. In 1996 I was awarded a NERC fellowship at the Department of Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry at the University of Newcastle, England. In 1999 I became a lecturer in the department of Geography at Durham University, England. In 2001, I joined the UAB and ICTA as an ICREA Research Professor.

Research interests

The main focus of my work is the study of the natural variability of the Earth’s climate. My research tools are organic geochemical techniques, which 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

Selected publications

– Bell S, Barriocanal S, Terrer C & Rosell-Melé A 2020, ‘Management opportunities for soil carbon sequestration following agricultural land abandonment‘, Environmental Science and Policy, 108, 104-111.

– Vegas-Vilarrubia T, Rull V, Trapote C, Maria; Cao M, Rosell-Melé A, Buchaca T, Goma J. Lopez P, Sigro J, Safont E, Canellas N, Garces-Pastor S, Giralt S, Corella JP, Perez-Zanon N, 2020, ‘Modern Analogue Approach Applied to High-Resolution Varved Sediments-A Synthesis for Lake Montcortes (Central Pyrenees)‘, Quaternary, 3, 1, 1.

– Wary M, Kornilova O, Russell M & Rosell-Melé A 2020, ‘Biomarker Fingerprint of Debris Flow Deposits as a Paleoproxy for IRD Sources in the Last Glacial North Atlantic‘, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 35, e2020PA003850.

– Cao M, Rivas-Ruiz P, Trapote MC, Vegas-Vilarrúbia T, Rull V, Rosell-Melé A 2020, ‘Seasonal effects of water temperature and dissolved oxygen on the isoGDGT proxy (TEX86) in a Mediterranean oligotrophic lake‘, Chemical Geology, 551, 119759.

Selected research activities

Research cruise onboard the oceanographic research vessel RV Endeavor (cruise EN651: Tropical Atlantic BC) Barbados to Cape Verde (24/2/2020 to 14/3/2020)