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Lecturer’s fascinating study of nuclear exclusion zone

Jun 12, 2017

Dr Mike Wood

Last week the University hosted a special alumni event in London, taking Dr Mike Wood from the School of Environment and Life Sciences to present his lecture Life in the shadow of Chernobyl to an audience of our graduates.

The annual event, which is in its third year, is an opportunity to reconnect with our alumni in London and find out what they have been doing since they graduated. Each year a member of our academic staff is invited to present their world-leading research project to a wider audience.

Mike talked the attendees through how he and his team set up more than 250 motion-activated cameras and bioacoustic recorders to track animals in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone over a year. The images they captured proved that wildlife - including badgers, beavers and bison - was thriving in the area, not declining as many thought.

His award-winning research has been influential in understanding how nuclear radiation affects the diversity and abundance of animal life.

After the lecture, the audience had the chance to explore the exclusion zone for themselves using cutting edge virtual reality technology.

Paul Butlin, Alumni Engagement Officer, said: “Our annual alumni lecture in London is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with our alumni living in and around the capital. Mike’s work on the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is just one example of the ground-breaking research taking place at Salford and we are delighted for the opportunity to share it with our wider University family”.

Find out more about the lecture here.