Dr Keely Mills

Palaeoclimate/Palaeoenvironment Scientist

Location: Keyworth

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My research interest centres on trying to understand how lake ecosystems have responded to past climate changes from a multi-disciplinary perspective and to try to understand how resilient these often vulnerable but ecologically important freshwater resources may be to future climate changes, especially under increasing pressure from human activity, pollution and modification. Specifically, my research focuses on three main themes: (i) understanding long-term [Holocene] changes in climate [effective precipitation] and environments [catchment change] using fossilised algae preserved in lake sediment records; (ii) development and application of quantitative diatom models (transfer functions) to assess water chemistry changes through time and (iii) understanding the effects of human impacts on freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and how this may affect the resilience of these systems under increasing climatic and anthropogenic pressures.


  •  2014 – ongoing : Palaeoenvironmental Scientist, British Geological Survey
  •  2012 –2014 : Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
  •  2009 –2012 : Research Fellow, Federation University (University of Ballarat), Australia
  •  2005 –2009 : PhD in Palaeolimnology, Department of Geography, Loughborough University

Boards and committees

  •  2012 – ongoing : Treasurer, International Society for Diatom Research

Key papers

Mills, K, Ryves, DB, Anderson, NJ, Bryant, C, and Tyler, J. 2014. Expressions of climate perturbations in western Uganda during the last 1000 years. Climate of the Past, 10: 1581-1601.

Mills, K, Gell, P, Hesse, P, Jones, R, Kershaw, P, Drysdale, R, and McDonald, J. 2013. Palaeoclimate studies and natural resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin I: past, present and future climates. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60: 547-560.

Mills, K, Gell, P, Gergis, J, Baker, P, Finlayson, M, Hesse, P, Jones, R, Kershaw, P, Pearson, S, Treble, P, Barr, C, Brookhouse, M, Drysdale, R, McDonald, J, Haberle, S, Reid, M, Thoms, M, and Tibby, J. 2013. Palaeoclimate studies and natural resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin II: unravelling past human impact and climate variability. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60: 561-571.

Gell, P, Mills, K, and Grundell, R. 2013. The legacy of catchment and climate change: the real challenge for wetland management. Hydrobiologia, 708: 133-144.

Mills, K, and Ryves, DB. 2012. Diatom-based models for inferring past water chemistry in western Ugandan crater lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology, 48: 383-399.