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.
My research interests span radiological risk assessment for humans and wildlife, radioactive waste management and disposal, and assessment of the nuclear fuel cycle.
I have provided technical expert input to national and international committees (e.g. OSPAR on behalf of DECC and Defra; IAEA Action Plan on Environmental Protection on behalf of UK; cross government department review of the revision of (International and European) Basic Safety Standards for radiological protection on behalf of the Environment Agency.
Yankovich TL, Beresford NA, Fesenko S, Fesenko J, Phaneuf M, Dagher E, Outola I, Andersson P, Thiessen K, Ryan J, Wood MD, Bollhofer A, Barnett CL & Copplestone D (2013) Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 126, pp. 299-313.