Miss Helen Whitehead
University of Salford


Professional/research interests:
I am currently a PhD student at the University of Salford. My research focuses on the effects of ionising radiation on birds within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) using bioacoustics. My PhD is multidisciplinary combining ecology and acoustics. Birds have been a research interest for as long as I can remember and bioacoustics has opened up a whole new research interest for me. Radiological protection is another research interest of mine which is another input into my research. I have attended a radiological protection course at Lancaster University in July 2018. I have also presented my PhD research at two conferences orally which I thoroughly enjoyed as it gave me the chance to network.

What would you like UKAN to do for you?
I would like UKAN to open up new opportunities to network with professionals/academics in the acoustics field to enhance my knowledge and skills. The chance to attend conferences/workshops/training courses on behalf of UKAN would be another positive of becoming a member of UKAN that I would like to be a part of. After my PhD, I would like to complete a Post-Doc and I feel being part of UKAN would really enhance my applications to Post-Doc posts.

Specialist Interest Groups:
BioacousticsEarly CareerNoise and SoundscapePhysical AcousticsUnderwater Acoustics