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 focused 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 worked as a Senior Scientist for the globally-recognised NGO Operation Wallacea. This role expanded to setting up field sites and long-term biodiversity monitoring programmes, managing many 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 researcher to develop molecular tools for monitoring stress and welfare of wild equid populations (Carneddau ponies and Grevy’s zebras, Kenya), in collaboration with Chester Zoo, before starting a teaching role at the University of Salford.
- Lopes T, Cox C, Gilroy DL (2018) Social Behavior in Nototriton brodiei in the Cloud Forest of Cusuco National Park, Honduras. The Southern American Journal of Herpetology.
- 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).