Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Portrait of Benjamin Amann.

Benjamin Amann

Postdoctoral Fellow
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Rm. E113

I grew up in Arpenans, a very small village from Franche-Comté in eastern France. I guess, my interest for environmental sciences and physical geography issued from growing up in such rural environment, with a particular appeal for wavy landscapes and all forms of water present in (e.g. glaciers, rivers, lakes…). First, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemistry from the ‘Université des Sciences et Techniques’ in Besançon, France (B.Sc. 2009). Then, I decided to apply this knowledge to study Environmental Sciences, and I obtained a Master degree in Hydrology, Hydrochemistry, Soils and environment from the ‘Université des Sciences II, Paul Sabatier’ in Toulouse, France (M.Sc. 2011). Through my master thesis, in collaboration between the ‘Laboratoire d’Ecology Fonctionelle’ (Toulouse, France) and the ‘Ecology and Environmental Sciences’ group (Umeå, Sweden), I had the chance to visit for four months the University of Umeå in Sweden. The main aim of this thesis was to trace atmospheric metal pollution from past mining activity in Sweden using peat and lake records. This collaboration required me to write a M.Sc. thesis in English; something rather atypical in France. This gave me the opportunity to continue as a Ph.D candidate in the Group ‘Lake sediments and Paleolimnology’ at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Through my Ph.D., I specialized in the study of annually laminated (varved) lake sediments from the European Alps as a valuable natural archive for past climate changes, focusing on the last two millennia. Finally, I obtained a degree in Climate Sciences (Ph.D. 2014). In October 2015, I joined the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s as a post-doctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Dr. Scott Lamoureux. My postdoc research is focusing on the study of Arctic lakes; from high altitude towards high latitude.


  • B.Sc., Université des Sciences et Techniques (Besançon, France)
  • M.Sc.,Université des Sciences II, Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France)
  • Ph.D., University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

Research Interests:

I am greatly interested in how lakes, peatlands, and permafrost environment have responded and currently respond to climate variability, and how they will evolve with future climate change. My Research mainly focuses on the study of high altitude and high latitude lakes that exhibit annual laminations (varves). Varves have the particular interest to contain records of past climate at annual resolution and with high chronological precision. Through this Postdoc project (18 months), I am studying at high resolution the varved sediments of two saline coastal lakes located in the High Canadian Arctic (Shellabear Lake: 74°50’N, 113°30’W; unofficial name Chevalier Lake: 75°03'N, 111°30'W). The aim of this project is to: (i) generate high-resolution geochemical and mineralogical records of the two lakes; (ii) perform lithostratigraphical analyses of the varves; and (iii) compare the data from the two lake sites that are characterized by a similar geology but very different catchment sizes. These results will be used to address questions related to past, present and future climate variability and change.

Research key words: Paleoclimatology, Climatology, Climate change, Environment, Lakes, Limnology, Lake biogeochemistry, Sedimentology, Sediment transport, Sequence stratigraphy, Varve chronology.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 2.95 MB)