Prof. Nick Beresford

Nick leads the Environmental Contaminants Group at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology’s Lancaster site. He has been a radioecologist for over 30 years and has an Honorary Professorship at the University of Salford. He is the Vice-President of the European Radioecology ALLIANCE ( and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity. In the 2000’s Nick was one of the developers of the ERICA Tool for the radiological assessment of wildlife and is now one of the group who maintains the tool and its under-pinning databases, as well as providing training on its use.
Current/recent projects include: investigations of wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone; development of alternative approaches to model radionuclide transfer to wildlife and crops; application/development of process-based soil-plant models; working with local communities and government agencies to consider future management options for areas of the Ukraine abandoned after the Chernobyl accident. Nick is also contributing to the development of the ICRPs environmental protection framework and the IAEAs modelling approach for planned releases.
Nick has published around 190 referred papers and, with Prof. Jim Smith, wrote the book Chernobyl Catastrophe and Consequences. He currently co-supervises PhD-students at the universities if Salford and Stirling.

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