Miss Jessica Burrows

PhD Researcher

Biological and Environmental Sciences Stirling

Miss Jessica Burrows

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My research focuses on the impacts of ionising radiation on nutrient acquisition and immune defence in bumblebees. I have previously studied ovipositioning behaviour and preferences of the UK priority species Pearl-bordered fritillary.


Whilst the effects of ionising radiation are well characterised for humans, its effects on wildlife are less well known. There is also great uncertainty in the literature as to the effects of low dose radiation on invertebrate species. My research aims to address this uncertainty and therefore shed light on fundamental biological processes, provide assessments of ecological impacts of radiological contamination on wildlife and provide evidence for monitoring frameworks. I am particularly interested in bumblebees and the impacts of radiation on bee nutrient acquisition and immune defence.

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Beresford NA, Horemans N, Copplestone D, Raines KE, Orizaola G, Wood MD, Laanen P, Whitehead HC, Burrows JE, Tinsley MC, Smith JT, Bonzom J, Gagnaire B, Adam-Guillermin C & Gashchak S (2020) Towards solving a scientific controversy - The effects of ionising radiation on the environment. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 211, Art. No.: 106033. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2019.106033

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