Dr. Danielle Hinchcliffe

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building: 302

Please email for an appointment.




Current positions

Teaching Fellow of Biology and Wildlife


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

Having participated first-hand in using science to evidence conservation management and action, 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 returned to Manchester as a post-doc, developing biomolecular tools for monitoring stress and welfare of wild equid populations in collaboration with Chester Zoo, before taking up a teaching role at the University of Salford.

Alongside my academic career, I am a freelance surveyor in ecological consultancy and an ornithologist.

Areas of research

Molecular ecology, population genetics, evolution and conservation biology

Areas of supervision

Supervision of final-year undergraduate and Masters of Research (MRes) student projects, currently co-supervise MRes and PhD students in the School


I teach across all Biology & Wildlife programmes and will be implementing a new consultancy module for wildlife students in 2021/22. As the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead for Students within our Directorate, I am working with staff towards making learning and teaching more accessible and inclusive, so that all students feel a sense of belonging and can reach their full potential.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • MBiol. Sci. (Hons) Biology, University of Sheffield 2011
  • Ph.D Molecular Ecology, University of East Anglia 2016
  • The Sheffield Graduate Award, University of Sheffield 2011


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) 2021
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) 2015