TRansfer - Exposure – Effects (TREE)
Integrating the science needed to underpin radioactivity assessments for humans and wildlife

TREE is one of three consortia funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Environment Agency (EA) and Radioactive Waste Management Limited (RWM) under the Radioactivity And The Environment (RATE) programme.

The overall objective of the TREE project is to reduce uncertainty in estimating the risk to humans and wildlife associated with exposure to radioactivity and to reduce unnecessary conservatism in risk calculations. This will be achieved through four interlinked science components beginning with improving our understanding of the biogeochemical behaviour of radionuclides in soils through to studying the transgenerational effects of ionising radiation exposure on wildlife. Our studies will combine controlled laboratory experiments with fieldwork; most of which will take place in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). Science conducted under TREE.


The TREE project has been named Research Project of the Year 2016 by the Times Higher Education Newspaper


Dr Mike Wood from the University of Salford and Professor Nick Beresford received the award on the 24th November 2016 at a prestigious ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London attended by over a 1000 guests including Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. The judges said the research had captured the imagination and attention of people worldwide and that the collaboration with Ukrainian colleagues was impressive in the way that it used “groundbreaking radiological methods to explore the impact of nuclear radiation on wildlife in the Chernobyl area".     


The wildlife of Chernobyl: 30 years without man

In the 30 years since the disaster at Chernobyl, wildlife in the highly radioactive 'Exclusion Zone' has thrived.

Mike Wood and Nick Beresford report from a nature reserve like no other.

The Biologist 63, 2, p16-19

TREE students working with reindeer in Norway

Phakphum Aramrum, a TREE PhD student, recently produced this video for the COGER meeting at the University of Glasgow.

His presentation was entitled 'Measuring Norwegian reindeer radiation exposure under field conditions'. It described the experimental site and the management of the Vågå reindeer herd, aspects of dosimetry technologies and his research plans. For more information see the following:

PDF iconAbstractPDF iconPoster and PDF iconPresentation

Research in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Dr Sergey Gashchak