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Meta-Analysis of Biochar as an Amendment for Arsenic Mitigation in Paddy Soils (2024)
Journal Article
Mandal, J., Kumari Sharma, P., Mondal, D., Wood, M. D., Hutchinson, S. M., Kirby, J., & Srivastava, P. (2024). Meta-Analysis of Biochar as an Amendment for Arsenic Mitigation in Paddy Soils. Current Pollution Reports, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40726-023-00288-1

Purpose of Review The purpose of this review is to evaluate the effectiveness of biochar in immobilizing arsenic (As) in contaminated paddy soils and its impact on As availability and bioaccumulation in rice, as well as rice plant biomass. Recent Fin... Read More about Meta-Analysis of Biochar as an Amendment for Arsenic Mitigation in Paddy Soils.

Ecoacoustic Methods for Avifauna Analysis: A Case Study of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (2023)
Thesis
Whitehead, H. (2023). Ecoacoustic Methods for Avifauna Analysis: A Case Study of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. (Thesis). University of Salford

Birds are one of the most studied taxa in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), with previous studies reporting negative impacts of radiation such as reductions in abundance and diversity and an increase in albinism and cataracts incidence. This thesis... Read More about Ecoacoustic Methods for Avifauna Analysis: A Case Study of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.

What do we know about noise impacts on birds? A systematic review focusing on acoustic methodology (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Engel, M., Scott, A., Davies, W., Waddington, D., Wood, M., & Young, R. (in press). What do we know about noise impacts on birds? A systematic review focusing on acoustic methodology.

In recent years, several studies have shown how anthropogenic noise impacts wildlife. The methodologies used to quantify noise appear to influence data reliability and subsequent findings. Therefore, it is appropriate to review the robustness of acou... Read More about What do we know about noise impacts on birds? A systematic review focusing on acoustic methodology.

Habitats: Developments in managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Waddington, D., Wood, M., Davies, W., Young, R., & Engel, M. (in press). Habitats: Developments in managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development.

The Habitats project integrates research in the fields of ecological impacts and environmental noise to facilitate development of management tools and processes needed for sustainable development. This conference paper summarises the content and outc... Read More about Habitats: Developments in managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development.

Impacts of anthropogenic sounds on bird call activities: A case study in Aachen, Germany (2023)
Journal Article
Engel, M., Leedale, A., Young, R., Davies, W., & Wood, M. (2023). Impacts of anthropogenic sounds on bird call activities: A case study in Aachen, Germany. https://doi.org/10.61782/fa.2023.0912

Since the definition of the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC, various tools, reports, and action plans have been developed to assess and improve the sonic environment according to human perception and well-being. Few methodologies and report... Read More about Impacts of anthropogenic sounds on bird call activities: A case study in Aachen, Germany.

Chornobyl radiation spikes are not due to military vehicles disturbing soil (2023)
Journal Article
Wood, M., Beresford, N., Barnett, C., Burgess, P., & Mobbs, S. (in press). Chornobyl radiation spikes are not due to military vehicles disturbing soil. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 265, 107220. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2023.107220

On 25th February 2022, increased gamma radiation dose rates were reported within the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). This coincided with Russian military vehicles entering the Ukrainian part of the CEZ from neighbouring Belarus. It... Read More about Chornobyl radiation spikes are not due to military vehicles disturbing soil.

Mammals in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone's Red Forest: a motion-activated camera trap study (2023)
Journal Article
Beresford, N., Gashchak, S., Wood, M., & Barnett, C. (2023). Mammals in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone's Red Forest: a motion-activated camera trap study. Earth System Science Data, 15, 911-920

Since the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, there have been few studies published on medium and large mammals inhabiting the area from which the human population was removed (now referred to as the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone, CEZ).... Read More about Mammals in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone's Red Forest: a motion-activated camera trap study.

Determination of bioavailable arsenic threshold and validation of modelled permissible total arsenic in paddy soil using machine learning (2023)
Journal Article
Mandal, J., Jain, V., Sengupta, S., Rahman, M. A., Bhattacharyya, K., Rahman, M., …Mondal, D. (in press). Determination of bioavailable arsenic threshold and validation of modelled permissible total arsenic in paddy soil using machine learning. Journal of Environmental Quality, https://doi.org/10.1002/jeq2.20452

Minimizing arsenic intake from food consumption is a key aspect of the public health response in As-contaminated regions. In many of these regions, rice is the predominant staple food. Here we present a validated maximum allowable concentration of to... Read More about Determination of bioavailable arsenic threshold and validation of modelled permissible total arsenic in paddy soil using machine learning.

Estimating the population density of Eurasian lynx in the Ukrainian part of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone using camera trap footage (2022)
Journal Article
Gashchak, S., Barnett, C., Beresford, N., Paskevych, S., & Wood, M. (2022). Estimating the population density of Eurasian lynx in the Ukrainian part of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone using camera trap footage. Theriologia Ukrainica (Online), 23, 47-65. https://doi.org/10.15407/TU2307

The study reports the first estimation of the Eurasian lynx population inhabiting the Ukrainian Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ, 2600 km2 ) in 2013–2018. Although lynx were once common in this region, anthropogenic impacts reduced their numbers subs... Read More about Estimating the population density of Eurasian lynx in the Ukrainian part of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone using camera trap footage.

Habitats : managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Waddington, D., Wood, M., Davies, W., & Young, R. (2022, August). Habitats : managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development. Presented at Internoise 2022, Glasgow, Scotland

The objective of the Habitats project is to integrate research in the fields of ecological impacts and of environmental noise, developing management tools and processes to enable sustainable development. Rapid population expansion and economic deve... Read More about Habitats : managing the ecological impacts of noise on wildlife habitats for sustainable development.

Adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) for radiation-induced reproductive effects in environmental species: state of science and identification of a consensus AOP network (2022)
Journal Article
Tollefson, K., Alonzo, F., Beresford, N., Brede, D., Dufourcq-Sekatcheff, E., Gilbin, R., …Frelon, S. (2022). Adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) for radiation-induced reproductive effects in environmental species: state of science and identification of a consensus AOP network. International Journal of Radiation Biology, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/09553002.2022.2110317

Background Reproductive effects of ionizing radiation in organisms have been observed under laboratory and field conditions. Such assessments often rely on associations between exposure and effects, and thus lacking a detailed mechanistic understand... Read More about Adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) for radiation-induced reproductive effects in environmental species: state of science and identification of a consensus AOP network.

Strategic roadmap to assess forest vulnerability under air pollution and climate change (2022)
Journal Article
De Marco, A., Sicard, P., Feng, Z., Agathokleous, E., Alonso, R., Araminiene, V., …Paoletti, E. (2022). Strategic roadmap to assess forest vulnerability under air pollution and climate change. Global Change Biology, 28(17), 5062-5085. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16278

Although it is an integral part of global change, most of the research addressing the effects of climate change on forests have overlooked the role of environmental pollution. Similarly, most studies investigating the effects of air pollutants on for... Read More about Strategic roadmap to assess forest vulnerability under air pollution and climate change.

Some observations on meaningful and objective inference in radioecological field studies (2022)
Journal Article
Jackson, J., Antwis, R., Beresford, N. A., & Wood, M. (2022). Some observations on meaningful and objective inference in radioecological field studies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 91(7), 1546-1553. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13743

Anthropogenic releases of radiation are of ongoing importance for environmental protection, but the radiation doses at which natural systems begin to show effects are controversial. More certainty is required in this area to achieve optimal regulatio... Read More about Some observations on meaningful and objective inference in radioecological field studies.

Ensuring robust radiological risk assessment for wildlife: insights from the International Atomic Energy Agency EMRAS and MODARIA programmes. (2022)
Journal Article
Beresford, N., Beaugelin-Seiller, K., Barnett, C., Brown, J., Doering, C., Caffrey, E., …beresford, N. (2022). Ensuring robust radiological risk assessment for wildlife: insights from the International Atomic Energy Agency EMRAS and MODARIA programmes. Journal of Radiological Protection, 42(2), https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6498/ac6043

In response to changing international recommendations and national requirements, a number of assessment approaches, and associated tools and models, have been developed over the last circa 20 years to assess radiological risk to wildlife. In this pap... Read More about Ensuring robust radiological risk assessment for wildlife: insights from the International Atomic Energy Agency EMRAS and MODARIA programmes..

Towards an ecological modelling approach for assessing ionizing radiation impact on wildlife populations. (2022)
Journal Article
Vives I Batlle, J., Biermans, G., Copplestone, D., Kryshev, A., Melintescu, A., Mothersill, C., …Wood, M. (2022). Towards an ecological modelling approach for assessing ionizing radiation impact on wildlife populations. Journal of Radiological Protection, 42(2), 020507. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6498/ac5dd0

The emphasis of the international system of radiological protection of the environment is to protect populations of flora and fauna. Throughout the MODARIA programmes, the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has facilitated know... Read More about Towards an ecological modelling approach for assessing ionizing radiation impact on wildlife populations..

Biomarkers of Radiation in the Environment: Robust Tools for Risk Assessment (2022)
Conference Proceeding
(2022). Biomarkers of Radiation in the Environment: Robust Tools for Risk Assessment. In M. D. Wood, C. E. Mothersill, G. Tsakanova, T. Cresswell, & G. E. Woloschak (Eds.), Biomarkers of Radiation in the Environment: Robust Tools for Risk Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-2101-9

This proceedings volume results from the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on 'Biomarkers of Radiation in the Environment: Robust Tools for Risk Assessment (BRITE)’. The BRITE workshop discussed insights from cancer research, epigenetics, non-human and... Read More about Biomarkers of Radiation in the Environment: Robust Tools for Risk Assessment.

Current ionising radiation doses in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone do not directly impact on soil biological activity (2022)
Journal Article
Beresford, N., Wood, M., Gashchak, S., & Barnett, C. (2022). Current ionising radiation doses in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone do not directly impact on soil biological activity. PLoS ONE, 17(2), e0263600. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0263600

Although soil organisms are essential for ecosystem function, the impacts of radiation on soil biological activity at highly contaminated sites has been relatively poorly studied. In April-May 2016, we conducted the first largescale deployment of bai... Read More about Current ionising radiation doses in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone do not directly impact on soil biological activity.

Best practices for predictions of radionuclide activity concentrations and total absorbed dose rates to freshwater organisms exposed to uranium mining/milling (2022)
Journal Article
Goulet, R., Newsome, L., Vandenhove, H., Keum, D., Horyna, J., Kamboj, S., …Beresford, N. (2022). Best practices for predictions of radionuclide activity concentrations and total absorbed dose rates to freshwater organisms exposed to uranium mining/milling. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 244, 106826. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvrad.2022.106826

Predictions of radionuclide dose rates to freshwater organisms can be used to evaluate the radiological environmental impacts of releases from uranium mining and milling projects. These predictions help inform decisions on the implementation of mitig... Read More about Best practices for predictions of radionuclide activity concentrations and total absorbed dose rates to freshwater organisms exposed to uranium mining/milling.

Meta-analysis enables prediction of the maximum permissible arsenic concentration in Asian paddy soil (2021)
Journal Article
Mandal, J., Sengupta, S., Sarkar, S., Mukherjee, A., Wood, M., Hutchinson, S., & Mondal, D. (2021). Meta-analysis enables prediction of the maximum permissible arsenic concentration in Asian paddy soil. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 9, 760125. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.760125

It is now well-established that not just drinking water, but irrigation water contaminated with arsenic (As) is an important source of human As exposure through water-soil-rice transfer. While drinking water As has a permissible, or guideline value,... Read More about Meta-analysis enables prediction of the maximum permissible arsenic concentration in Asian paddy soil.