Derin Thomas, Visiting Research Scholar

Research Interests: Environment radioactivity monitoring, Environment impact assessment, Radioecology, Natural and anthropogenic radioactivity, Biogeochemical cycling of radiocesium, Identification of radiation biomarkers at molecular level, Adaptive radiation genes/proteins, High Background radiation areas (HBRA), Marine microbial diversity

My post-doctoral research emphases in developing a biokinetic model for radiocesium uptake on both marine and fresh water organisms. Public health concerns regarding the continued release of anthropogenic radionuclides such as Cs-137 from the damaged Fukushima reactor into coastal waters are tied most prominently to radionuclide concentrations in seafood and it is critical to understand the transfer pathway of radiocesium in key marine/freshwater animals and the rates and routes of their bioaccumulation.