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Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre

The Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) is focused on advancing understanding of key environmental challenges of major economic and societal importance in the 21st century. Our members study the living and non-living components of the ecosystem and the management and governance of these systems and work globally in habitats ranging from the tropical rainforests to the urban core of the UK’s major cities.


Our cutting edge research is key to having an impact on the environment and improving the lives of animals and humans worldwide. Through research including: work in the Amazonia on primates and how to address the threats that arises from human activity, this work is identifying new species for the first time. The Salford Advanced Laser Canopy Analyser developed in EERC produces the most accurate 3D measurements of forest biomass to date, and we have a leading team of researchers who are studying wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in Ukraine.

Latest news

Thu 2 Mar 2017

Let Sleeping Elephants Lie
Today, Professor Rob Young appeared on BBC Breakfast talking about how tracking devices are being used to study the sleeping behaviour of elephants in captivity, compared to the wild. You can access the programme here on iPlayer  

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Sat 31 Dec 2016

European Consortium consider urgent threats to coastal cultural heritage
On 30 Nov – 2 Dec, 12 the University of Salford, Manchester brought together collaborators to develop a Stage 1 Horizon 2020 application. The research group is responding to the call for applications, which address vulnerabilities in the cultural heritage of European coastal and maritime regions. The project aims to establish a framework for their […]

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Fri 23 Dec 2016

Meet our ‘tech-geek’ on Planet Earth II
“Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed Planet Earth II last night,” posts the man who filmed some of it – Salford graduate Louis Labrom. Midlands boy Louis has gone from sales assistant to David Attenborough collaborator since gaining an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production from the University of Salford. And you can catch up […]

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Tue 13 Dec 2016

How community digs can inspire the next generation of archaeologists
Michael Dafydd Nevell, University of Salford The saying goes the past should be left in the past, but not of course when it comes to archaeology. In fact, if recent figures are anything to go by, it seems many of us can’t get enough of the past influencing our present – over 70% of adults […]

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Fri 25 Nov 2016

Chernobyl wildlife study named UK’s top research
A SCIENTIFIC study of the legacy of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster has been named Research Project of the Year by the Times Higher newspaper. Led by Dr Mike Wood, Reader in Applied Ecology from the University of Salford’s School of Environment and Life Sciences, the on-going project explore the effects of radiation on life, notably […]

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Thu 27 Oct 2016

Urban farms won’t feed our cities – but they’re still a great idea
LARGE-SCALE urban agriculture is on the rise globally, with more and more farms appearing in our cities. A far cry from allotments and community gardens, urban farms occupy much bigger spaces; they can employ people, regenerate huge neighbourhoods and give residents access to fresh produce on their doorsteps. The practice has been popular in North […]

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