Professor David Copplestone


Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor David Copplestone

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I have over 20 years experience studying the behaviour, effects and fate of radionuclides in the environment and have 50 refereed papers as well as over 100 other publications. I have applied genetic and molecular techniques to understand the impacts of radiation on wildlife. I have led the development of the Environment Agency’s approach to wildlife risk assessment from ionising radiation and am a member of the ICRP’s Committee 5 which is responsible for developing the ICRP framework for environmental protection. Additionally, I am also: the chair of the International Union of Radioecology Task Group on Radiological Protection of the Environment; a member of the core group which has drafted an IAEA handbook on radionuclide transfer parameters to wildlife; and Secretary to the UK’s Co-ordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity. I have also developed an internationally recognised database on biological effects of ionising radiation on wildlife.