Unnatural Selection: The Truth About Radiation in Chernobyl’s Animal Kingdom

We often think about Chernobyl from a human perspective, but its impact stretches much farther than that. People tend to acquire fanciful ideas about radiation and the mutations of affected animals. In my project, I wanted to explore the truth behind radiation’s effect on wildlife and what mutations really look like here. In doing so, I hope the reader is able to view Chernobyl’s ecological influence from an entirely novel standpoint.

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Josh Rubinstein ‘22 studies Psychology and Biology. He also enjoys diverse literature courses and hopes to take more courses like Russian Literature 043 in the future.

RUSS043 Chernobyl: Nuclear Naratives and the Environment, Swarthmore College, Spring 2020