Skip to main content

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 20 Apr 2017

Politicians need training on ‘fake news’ – Professor
POLITICIANS may need to be trained to appreciate the role science plays in our lives and avoid falling for fake news, according to a Salford professor. Andy Miah is part of a national drive to reassert the science agenda after a series of setbacks for evidence-based ‘truth’ including US President Trump’s dismissal of one of […]

Read full post...

Tue 11 Apr 2017

Scientists lead Red Fire Project in Chernobyl
SCORCHING forest fires can burn so hot they sterilize the soil, leaving it bare for years. Some species grow back quickly, and others like oak and black cherry can take several decades to return. But what happens in a radioactive forest? What happens in Chernobyl or Fukushima if there is a fire? Wildfires in these […]

Read full post...

Thu 23 Mar 2017

EU recognises important research on species protection
UNIVERSITY of Salford research on fish fraud is impacting on policies to protect endangered species. The EU-funded SNAPTRACE project, led by Professor Stefano Mariani, promotes the idea of selling each species of fish under its own specific name and is investigating the routine use of DNA barcoding to enforce this approach. Salford is a leading […]

Read full post...

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Scientists to strengthen UK’s coastal management
MARINE conservation expert Katherine Yates is to work with the Government to strengthen the scientific basis of the UK’s coastal management. Dr Yates and collaborator Dr Jacqui Tweddle from the University of Aberdeen were selected as the first Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Exchange Fellows at the Marine Management Organisation. The MMO is the government […]

Read full post...

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Zoology student wins national award for monkey picture
A photograph capturing a tender moment between a family of Barbary Macaque monkeys, taken by a Salford student has won a National award. Rachael Fraser, 29, won ‘most outstanding photograph’ at the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots Awards, which took place in London last week. The second year zoology student took the photograph on a […]

Read full post...

Fri 10 Mar 2017

How lasers are helping ‘weigh’ woodland ‘carbon sinks’
GEOGRAPHERS at the University of Salford are developing laser technology to help protect the world’s forests and woodlands. Terrestrial laser scanners are set to revolutionize the way in which ecologists measure forests, and will help confer a value on these natural ‘carbon sinks’ as counters to the greenhouse effect and global warming. A gathering of […]

Read full post...