Dr Lindsay Louise Vare

        Head and shoulder photo of Dr Lindsay Vare

Geochemist Consultant

I am a marine geochemist and project manager for SRSL, with vast experience of managing complex multi-disciplinary and international projects.

My recent focus at SRSL as Geochemistry Consultant has been on mining and the use of DSTP. However, my role covers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines; ensuring projects are delivered safely to time, cost and quality.

Contact details:
  • Lindsay.Vare@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 420

My current role

As Geochemist Consultant I am involved in all consultancy services within SRSL, including, customer account management, customer relationship management, opportunity generation, tender preparation and delivery of SRSL consultancy services within key market sectors (mainly geochemistry and mining amongst others). I work to maintain, develop and improve on the SRSL Quality Management System to ensure successful delivery for the customer.

Research interests

My research interests include the palaeo-reconstruction of past environments through a range of techniques using both inorganic and organic geochemistry. I am also interested in the investigation and assessment of human impacts on the marine environment through the monitoring of pollutants and the study of biogeochemical processes involved in their redistribution.


I lecture on the Marine Science BSc 'Marine Pollution' module in year 3.

Tett P, Benjamins S, Black KD, Coulson M, Davidson K, Fernandes T, Fox C, Hart M, Hicks N, Hughes A, Hunter D-C, Nickell T, Risch D, Tocher D, Vare L, Vespoor E, Wilding T, Wilson B, Wittich A (2018) Review of the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland. Report for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee. The Scottish Parliament, 196 pp.

Vare. L.L., Baker, M.C., Howe, J.A., Levin, L.A., Neira, C., Ramirez-Llodra, E.Z., Reichelt-Brushett, A., Rowden, A.A., Shimmield, T.M., Simpson, S.L. and Soto, E.H. (2017)  Scientific considerations for the assessment and management of mine tailing disposal in the deep sea. Frontiers in Marine Science (due for submission)

Axford, Y., Andresen, C.S., Andrews, J.T., Belt, S.T., Geirsdóttir, Á., Massé, G., Miller, G.H., Ólafsdóttir, S. and Vare, L.L. (2011) Do paleoclimate proxies agree? A test comparing 19 late Holocene climate and sea-ice reconstructions from Icelandic marine and lake sediments. Journal of Quaternary Science 26, 645-656. [doi: 10.1002/jqs.1487].

Belt, S.T., Vare, L.L., Massé, G., Manners, H.R., Price, J.C., MacLachlan, S.E., Andrews, J.T. and Schmidt, S. (2010) Striking similarities in temporal changes to seasonal sea ice conditions across the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago over the last 7,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 29, 3489-3504. [doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.041].

Gregory, T.R., Smart, C.W., Hart, M.B., Massé, G., Vare, L.L. and Belt S.T. (2010) Holocene palaeoceanographic changes in Barrow Strait, Canadian Arctic: foraminiferal evidence. Journal of Quaternary Science 29, 3489-3504.  [doi: 10.1002/jqs.1367].

Vare, L.L., Massé, G. and Belt, S.T. (2009) A biomarker-based reconstruction of sea ice conditions for the Barents Sea in recent centuries. The Holocene 20, 637-643 [doi: 10.1177/0959683609355179].

Andrews, J.T., Belt, S.T., Olafsdottir, S., Massé, G. and Vare, L.L. (2009) Sea ice and marine climate variability for NW Iceland/Denmark Strait over the last 2000 cal. yr BP. The Holocene 19, 775-784. [doi: 10.1177/0959683609105302].

Vare, L.L., Massé, G., Gregory, T.R., Smart, C.W. and Belt, S.T. (2009) Sea ice variations in the central Canadian Arctic Archipelago during the Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 1354-1366. [doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.01.013].

Belt, S.T., Massé, G., Vare, L.L., Rowland, S.J., Poulin, M., Sicre, M.-A., Sampei, M. and Fortier, L. (2008) Distinctive 13C isotopic signature distinguishes a novel sea ice biomarker in Arctic sediments and sediment traps. Marine Chemistry 112, 158-167. [doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2008.09.002].

Employment history

Since 2013 Geochemistry Consultant. SRSL

2011-12 STEM Outreach Officer (including recruitment and widening participation activities). University of Hertfordshire

2010-11 Science, Education and Industry Executive. Royal Society of Chemistry

2009-10 Environmental Studies Lecturer, language communication. Nagasaki University, Japan

2007-09 NERC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow 'IP25 - A novel sea ice proxy'. The University of Plymouth



2013 PGCE teaching qualification in geography. Manchester Metropolitan University

2007 PhD 'An investigation of temporal trends of pollutant inputs within the Arctic Environment. Aberdeen University

2003 MSc (distinction) Marine Resource Development and Protection. Heriot-Watt University

2001 BSc (Hons) Geography. The University of Manchester