06. February 2019 - 17:30 till 19:00
Radioecology & the Nuclear Renaissance | School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol | Wednesday, 06. February 2019
Date: Wednesday 6th February
Time: refreshments at 5.30pm for 6pm start
Location: Peel Lecture Theatre, Geographical Sciences Building
This is a South West Nuclear Hub Nuclear Seminar Series talk.
Radioecology & the ‘Nuclear Renaissance’: Insights and Challenges
Nuclear industries have to comply with national and international dose limits for radiation exposure to humans and other organisms. Radioecology underpins these dose limits by studying all aspects of the fate and impact of radioisotopes in the environment.
Radioecology has provided some secure insights based on long-term studies but has also revealed some significant, and challenging, gaps and controversies. Using recent studies at Chernobyl and Fukushima in particular, in this talk I will provide an overview of the key findings and key challenges in radioecology.
Professor Neil Willey, University of the West of England
Professor Willey's research focuses on plants and pollutants, in particular the uptake and effects of environmentally relevant radionuclides and toxic metals. He has expertise in the mechanisms of uptake, the phylogenetic constraints on uptake, and the molecular effects of radionuclides in plant cells. His research is used to predict soil-plant transfer of radionuclides in models of radionuclide movement in natural and agricultural ecosystems.