Helen Whitehead

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building, Room 110.

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Current positions

Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability


I graduated from the University of Salford with a First Class honours degree in Wildlife and Practical Conservation in 2018. Following my undergraduate degree, I started a PhD at the University of Salford, studying the use of ecoacoustics to investigate avian biodiversity within the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone.

During my PhD, I worked as an Associate Lecturer within the Geography and Environmental Management department at the University of Salford. I was employed as a Lecturer in Environment and Sustainability at the University of Salford in December 2022.

Areas of research

Ecoacoustics, Biodiversity Monitoring, Ornithology, Environment, Ecosystems

Areas of supervision

Ecoacoustics, Biodiversity Monitoring, Ornithology, Environment, Ecosystems


Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my background, I teach across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including:

Level 4

  • Sustainability and Environment

Level 5

  • Consultancy
  • Geographical Information Systems and Science
  • Environmental Protection

Level 6

  • Modelling Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Environmental Geographical Information Systems

Level 7

  • Postgraduate Study Skills
  • Research Design and Delivery
  • Resource Security
  • GIS/Remote Sensing
  • Professional Practice

My teaching is research-led and hands-on, with a focus on student engagement. As well as teaching, I supervise dissertation students.

Research Interests

  • Ecoacoustics
  • Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Ornithology
  • Environment, Ecosystems

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation (University of Salford)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Member of the Royal Society for Biology