Professor Neil Willey

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Area of expertise

My primary areas of expertise are plant physiology and doctoral education. I'm the author of Environmental Plant Physiology (2016, Garland Scientific) and have been Director of the UWE Graduate School since 2012.  My research focuses on plants and ionising radiation, including the uptake and effects of a range of radioisotopes in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Over the last 25 years my research has been funded by UWE, MAFF, BNFL, the Leverhulme Trust, the BBSRC, NERC, the Environment Agency and Radioactive Waste Management Ltd. I was a member of the TREE consortium which was a large multi-institutional radioecological research programme funded by NERC, the EA and RWM. I'm Chair of the organising committee of the UK Co-ordinating Group for Environmental Radioactivity (COGER).

I'm currently interested in radioecological studies for nuclear decommissioning/nuclear new build/nuclear waste repositories, and in plant responses to ionising radiation in the context plant stress biology. I've led a variety of doctoral developments at UWE and am interested in how the evolving doctorate can meet contemporary demands.


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