Dr Douglas Fraser

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Dr Douglas Fraser BSc, PhD, Academic Member of the Chartered Institute

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences


Douglas is a Senior Lecturer and previous Course Leader for a suite of environmental degrees.  This vocation was inspired by his first degree in Environmental Biology (Kings College, London).  It was his PhD in fungal-insect interactions that first brought him to Sheffield (Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield).


After three years of field and laboratory-based multidisciplinary ecological research and whilst preparing for a job as a Patent Agent, Douglas discovered environmental education and interpretation.  These combine all the good things in the arts and science.  He became a field lecturer with the Peak District National Park Education Service and a freelance science interpreter. 

Douglas's professional experience includes developing and providing environmental education and training for students and international professionals.  He has devised and delivered practical countryside management courses for a range of universities and English language courses for international countryside professionals.  He has demonstrated on WEA courses on fungi.  He enjoyed a spell as a public landscape interpreter working with archaeologists and artists.  He has developed academic courses in other institutions, delivered training to industry and has presented talks and lectures to public groups, in the UK and China.   

Ultimately, he moved to Sheffield Hallam University, where he concentrates on the application of environmental science to environmental management.   Lecturing is a healthy mixture of performance and scientific rigour, all the better when mixed with first-hand experiences. Douglas spent much of his time at Hallam as the Final Year Manager and as Course Leader for a suite of environmental degrees. 

Other current interests include helping students to have their research work published and working on small, local education development projects.  He regularly writes for the Sheffield Hallam Environmental Science blog and Facebook sites.


Kilburn, N., & Fraser, D. (2017). The Proposal that Nudibranch Jorunna funebris 'Juvenile' is Precocious, a Distinct Phenotype or a New Species. The Sheffield Hallam University Natural Environment Research Transactions, 2 (1), 80-87. http://research.shu.ac.uk/ds/nert/2016.html

Theses / Dissertations

Othman, J.O. (2022). Cultural and Political Factors Affecting Deer Conservation in Barzan-Mergasur, Kurdistan Region Iraq. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rose, J., Fraser, D., & Spence, K. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00538

Abdelwhab, M.W. (2012). The importance of agricultural infrastructure to transformation to organic farming in Libya. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rotherham, I., Fraser, D., & Eastham, J.

Walker, M.D. (2011). An investigation into the host-parasite interrelationship between Common Swifts and Hippoboscid Louse-Flies. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rotherham, I., & Fraser, D.

Other activities

Accreditation Panel member for the Landscape Institute (Royal Chartered professional body for Landscape Architects, Managers and Scientists)
External Examiner for other university degree programmes
Public Orator (at graduation ceremonies)

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