Katherine Raines

PhD StudentPhD Student

B.Sc. (Hons) Conservation Biology, University of Stirling (2008-2012), 

Supervisors:

Prof David Copplestone
Dr Matthew Tinsley

Start Date: 1st May 2015

4V11 Cottrell Building
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Scotland, FK9 4LA

Tel: +44 (0)1786 466550
fax: +(44) 1786 467843
email: katherine.raines@stir.ac.uk
twitter: https://twitter.com/anchorage40

Research Project

The impact of ionising radiation on bumblebees living within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone 

The project aims to evaluate the costs for bumblebees living in a radioactive contaminated area such as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Bumblebees have been chosen as the model organism as they provide invaluable ecosystem services and have complex interactions with many aspects of the environment.

This project is part of TREE research consortium, established to reduce the uncertainty in estimating risk to humans and wildlife due to gaps within radioprotection research. In recent years there have been contradictory publications within radioecology which have attracted media attention and raised issues in radioprotection regarding humans and the environment.

In situ measurements of bumblebees, their environment and the dose rates will be taken from within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Controlled laboratory experiments will be used to further investigate any effects detected in the field. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a living laboratory and provides a unique opportunity to study systems to gain a fuller understanding.

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