Professor Nick Beresford

Prof Nick Beresford

We are deeply saddened to report that our friend and colleague Professor Nick Beresford passed away on Monday 1 May 2023 after bravely battling cancer for the last year. Nick was a much-loved colleague, mentor and friend, who made a huge contribution to radiation exposure and risk assessment, particularly in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. He will be greatly missed around the world. 

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Obituary: Professor Nicholas A Beresford (Nick) 1964-2023 (Journal of Environmental Radioactivity)

Professional summary

Research Interests

Considerable experience in the study of: the transfer of radionuclides (and heavy metals) to farm animals; radionuclides in semi-natural ecosystems; development and testing of remediation measures.

Supervised PhD students include:

  • Evaluating in varietal variation in the uptake of Sr and Cs by forage grass can be exploited as a remediation measure (co-supervised by University of Nottingham )
  • Development of live-monitors for determining the radionuclide concentrations in wildlife (co-supervised with University of Salford)
  • Investigation of dosimeters for wildlife (co-supervised with University of Salford)
  • Evaluating the use of feather hormones as a marker of exposure to stressors (especially radionuclide exposure) (co-supervised by University of Stirling)

Brief CV

  • Environmental Contaminants Group Leader (UKCEH Lancaster)
  • Honorary Professor University of Salford
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
  • Leader of UN IAEA EMRAS, EMRAS II and MODARIA working groups on 'biota dose assessment'
  • Member/corresponding member of ICRP task groups developing the 'Reference Animal and Plant' framework
  • Consultant to UN IAEA for preparation of Technical Report Series and Safety Report Series publications
  • PhD supervisor/co-supervisor
  • Author of >150 refereed publications
  • Author of >200 reports, datasets and other publications
  • Co-developer and provider of training courses on environmental radiological protection
  • Co-author of Chernobyl Catastrophe and Consequences.


  • PhD University of Nottingham
  • Membership of the Institute of Biology by private study and thesis (BSc Hons)

Panels, committees and memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Biology