School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Thomas McDaniel

Research & Impact Facilitator


I completed my PhD in Plant Biology at Newcastle University in 2017, where my project was involved with investigating novel environmentally sustainable methods of controlling the glasshouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) on glasshouse-grown tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum). 

The applied nature of my PhD gave me an appreciation of the importance, and an enjoyment, of disseminating and maximising the use of publicly funded research in the wider world. This led me to my present role as Research and Impact Facilitator responsible for the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES) at Newcastle University.

My role is to support academic colleagues in SNES to identify, maximise and convey the Impact of their research to wider audiences, including academic, industrial and the general public. My role encompasses a broad and diverse range of activities including engendering a productive research culture within the School, assisting academic colleagues with funding proposals, and ensuring that academic research in the School has as broad and deep an Impact as possible. I am also engaged with helping to arrange the School's REF return for the coming 2021 exercise.



2013 - 2017 PhD in Plant Biology at Newcastle University

2009 - 2013 BSc (Hons), First Class, in Biology at the University of Bath. 


Previous employment

2017 Trials Officer at i2L Research Ltd

2011 - 2012 One year Industrial Placement at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as part of my undergraduate degree, investigating the diversity and distribution of the Flora of Iraq.