Staff profile

David  Hopkinson

David Hopkinson

BSc (Hons), MSc, AMRSB, FLS


Demonstrator in Animal Science
Associate Lecturer


David is a naturalist and conservation scientist who joined Writtle University College's Department of Animal Science in September 2022 as both a Demonstrator and an Associate Lecturer. With these roles, he is involved with the education of undergraduate students studying on the BSc (Hons) degree programmes in Animal Management and Animal Science, leading the courses' zoo-related components as part of the Zoo and Wildlife Conservation option stream and assisting with practical elements of the first-year Animal Biology (anatomy and physiology), Animal Husbandry and Introduction to Biochemistry modules (also occasionally leading these sessions). Additionally, David is a Writtle alumnus who earned his BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Science from the institution, after which he read for an MSc degree in Applied Wildlife Conservation at Anglia Ruskin University. He is also affiliated with a number of scientific organisations, including the Royal Society of Biology (Associate Member), Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (Member) and Linnean Society of London (Fellow).

Alongside his academic qualifications, David has been involved with a number of industries, predominantly the zoo sector, since 2015. He has volunteered at Colchester Zoo (2015–2020) and as a keeper at Call of the Wild Zoo (2022–present), with duties ranging from public outreach to animal husbandry. His other experiences include wildlife conservation through fieldwork conducted in South Africa and science communication through voluntary work at the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology. Finally, as an advocate for the promotion of education in conservation, David is a STEM Ambassador and has introduced students aged 13–14 to animal biology, the declines the natural world currently faces, and solutions to these challenges as a visiting teacher at a school for learners with special educational needs.

LinkedIn: David C. Hopkinson

Twitter: @D_C_Hopkinson

ResearchGate: David Christopher Hopkinson

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9782-4211


MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation (Anglia Ruskin University; 2022)

BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Writtle University College; 2020)

Subject Areas

Courses involved with:
- BSc (Hons) in Animal Management
- BSc (Hons) in Animal Science

- Animal Biology
- Animal Husbandry
- Applied Issues in Wildlife Conservation
- Developments in Zoo Management (Module Leader)
- Introduction to Biochemistry
- Management of Zoo Animal Collections (Module Leader)

Fields of interest:
- Animal anatomy and physiology
- Animal welfare
- Climatology
- Conservation science
- Ethology
- Evolutionary biology
- Palaeontology
- Spatial ecology (species distribution modelling)
- Taxonomy
- Zoo research


2022: Systematic mapping project evidencing the impacts of large herbivores on climate change (Anglia Ruskin University)

2022: Zoo animal behaviour science project investigating the social interactions of captive southern white rhinoceroses with their conspecifics and other taxa in a mixed-species enclosure via inferential statistics and social network analyses (Anglia Ruskin University and Colchester Zoo)