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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 25 Jan 2018

  Dr Wood (second from left) and Dr Entwistle (4th from left) with some of their ‘RED FIRE’ collaborators at the edge of the Red Forest Award-winning researcher, Dr Mike Wood, is back in Chernobyl.  This time he’s accompanied by fellow Salford academic, Dr Neil Entwistle, as they undertake fieldwork in Chernobyl’s ‘Red Forest’ for […]

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Thu 25 Jan 2018

Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Professor Joseph Jackson Tuesday 18 July 5.30pm Peel Building, Room 337 Join us for the inaugural lecture of Professor Joseph Jackson, Chair in Parasitology in the School of Environment & Life Sciences. Joe gained his PhD in Parasitology from the University of London, and took up his post at Salford in December […]

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Thu 25 Jan 2018

Last month, colleagues from the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) in the School of Environment & Life Sciences visited the new Mersey Gateway Crossing between Widnes and Runcorn. As part of our ICZ partnership with the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust (MGET), the area around the new toll bridge will be a ‘living laboratory’ to […]

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Thu 25 Jan 2018

The University’s radiation research continues to expand, with Prof Joe Jackson, Prof Richard Birtles and Dr Kevin Bown from ELS joining Dr Mike Wood’s team of researchers studying the effects of radiation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Their inclusion in the team brings leading expertise in parasitology and immune system function, opening new opportunities to […]

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Thu 25 Jan 2018

As lead Educational Sponsor of Manchester Science Festival, we are hosting some exciting interactive events as part of this creative celebration of science. Produced by the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival is the largest science festival in England beginning last Thursday and running through to 29 October. The range of events and […]

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Thu 25 Jan 2018

Professor Helen Marshall Dear Colleagues, I am delighted to announce our new Professors and Readers for 2017. All have proved their sustained and recognised leadership and I warmly congratulate each one of them for achieving these well-deserved promotions. I am particularly pleased to see eight of the candidates are women, which ties in with our […]

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