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Dr Danielle Hinchcliffe (Gilroy)

School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

Research interests
My research background is broad, but largely founded in Molecular Ecology by using a combination of DNA-based and environmental tools to investigate fundamental evolutionary questions that have application to real-world conservation. I am interested in how evolutionary forces shape the genetics of wild and captive populations, and being able to use this information to evidence key decision-making concerning species management and long-term conservation initiatives.

Study animals:
I have worked with a wide range of taxa, but identify as an ornithologist, with a notable preference for avian model study systems.

Research projects
As a new staff member that has recently returned to research, I am currently launching a couple of new and exciting projects with internal and external collaborators. If you are interested in AI, biodiversity monitoring, evolutionary ecology and/or bird conservation, please feel free to get in touch.

Current PGR students:
• Fok Tsz Ting, University of Salford (PhD, external advisor): Comparison of UK and Hong Kong attitudes of and education from Zoos.
• Richard Young, LJMU (PhD, co-supervisor): Monitoring reintroduction of beaver effects.
• Hugh Richards, LJMU (PhD, co-supervisor): How do ecological systems respond to climate change?

Former PGR students:
• Gregory Lee, University of Salford (MPhil; secondary supervisor): Investigating patterns of avian and lepidopteran migration at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.


Spanish - Latin American


University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, PhD
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, MBiol Sci (Hons)


Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, United Kingdom, Full Member (MCIEEM)
Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, Senior Teaching Fellow (SFHEA)

Academic appointments

Programme Leader for MSc Wildlife Conservation, Liverpool John Moores University, 2024 - present
Associate Editor for Ecological Solutions and Evidence, British Ecological Society, 2024 - present
Lecturer of Conservation Biology and Ecology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Honourary Lecturer of Conservation Biology and Ecology, University of Salford, 2022 - present
Teaching Fellow, University of Salford, 2019 - 2022
Senior Scientist, Operation Wallacea, 2015 - 2017

Postgraduate training

Postdoctoral Research Associate, United Kingdom, University of Manchester, 2017 - 2019

Journal article

Hinchcliffe DL, Lea JMD, Palme R, Shultz S. 2021. Fecal Glucocorticoid Metabolites as Biomarkers in Equids: Assay Choice Matters Journal of Wildlife Management, 85 :1175-1186 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sasso T, Cox CL, Gilroy DL. 2020. Social Behavior in Nototriton brodiei in the Cloud Forest of Cusuco National Park, Honduras South American Journal of Herpetology, 17 :29-32 DOI Publisher Url

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 :1276-1287 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

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 :235-250 DOI Publisher Url

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 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

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 :661-674 DOI Publisher Url

Hinchcliffe DL, Young RJ, Teixeira CP. Callout analysis in relation to wild birds in a tropical city: implications for urban species management Urban Ecosystems, DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Green SEW, Salazar RD, Gilbert G, Buxton AS, Gilroy DL, Oberdorff T, Harrington LA. 2019. Freshwater Vertebrates: An overview of survey design and key methodological considerations Freshwater Ecology and Conservation: Approaches and Techniques :208-239 9780198766421 DOI Publisher Url