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School of the Built Environment

Dr Danielle Hinchcliffe

Teaching Fellow


I completed my undergraduate Master’s degree in Biology in 2011 at the University of Sheffield, having done my fourth-year project on placement at the University of Muenster, Germany. My PhD in Molecular Ecology at the University of East Anglia was focussed on using genetic and ecological tools to answer fundamental evolutionary questions concerning the endangered Seychelles warbler.

Having seen first-hand how science can evidence conservation management strategy and practice, I took on the role of Senior Scientist with the globally-recognised NGO Operation Wallacea. This role expanded to setting up field sites and long-term biodiversity monitoring programmes, in addition to managing several academic research projects, and directly running the company’s largest terrestrial forest site, Cusuco National Park in Honduras.

I then returned to Manchester as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Manchester to develop molecular tools for monitoring stress and welfare of wild equid populations (Carneddau ponies and Grevy’s zebras, Kenya), before starting my new teaching role at the University of Salford.


I have extensive experience in supervision of final-year undergraduate and MRes student dissertation projects, in addition to the delivery of a range of teaching materials across biological and environmental sciences. I am experienced in guiding PhD students from my time with Operation Wallacea and within shared research groups. I particularly enjoy delivering practical sessions, field skills sessions and small group teaching.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • MBiol. Sci. (Hons) Biology, University of Sheffield 2011
  • The Sheffield Graduate Award, University of Sheffield 2011
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2015
  • Ph.D Molecular Ecology, University of East Anglia 2016


*in maiden name, GILROY

  • Gilroy DL, Phillips KP, Richardson DS, Van Oosterhout C (2017) Toll-like receptor variation in the bottlenecked population of the Seychelles warbler: computer simulations see the ‘ghost of selection past’ and quantify the ‘drift debt’. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30(7): 1276-1287.
  • Gilroy DL, Van Oosterhout C, Komdeur J, Richardson DS (2017) Toll-like receptor variation in the bottlenecked population of the endangered Seychelles warbler. Animal Conservation 20(3): 235-250.
  • Hammers M, Komdeur J, Kingma SA, Hutchings K, Fairfield EA, Gilroy DL, Richardson DS (2016) Age-specific haemosporidian infection dynamics and survival in Seychelles warblers. Scientific reports 6: 29720.
  • Fairfield EA, Hutchings K, Gilroy DL, Kingma SA, Burke T, Komdeur J, Richardson DS (2016) The impact of conservation-driven translocations on blood parasite prevalence in the Seychelles warbler. Scientific reports 6: 29596.
  • Gilroy D, Van Oosterhout C, Komdeur J, Richardson DS (2016) Avian β-defensin variation in bottlenecked populations: the Seychelles warbler and other congeners. Conservation Genetics 17(3): 661-674.
  • Co-author of Chapter 10 Freshwater Vertebrates: An overview of survey design and key methodological considerations in Freshwater Ecology & Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques, 2018. Edited by Jocelyne M.R. Hughes. Oxford University Press in the OUP series entitled Techniques in Ecology and Conservation (TEC).