Dr Danielle Clode

Senior Research Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Danielle is the author of several literary non-fiction books. She studied psychology and politics at Adelaide University, before completing a doctorate in zoology at Oxford. Since then she has worked as a freelance author, researcher and editor across a wide variety of science and humanities disciplines, publishing in fields as diverse as aged care, portraiture, genetics, drug addiction, history and creative writing. She has taught writing at Melbourne University and creative non-fiction at the Victorian Writers Centre before moving to Flinders in 2011. Her books include Voyages to the South Seas, A Future in Flames, The Wasp and the Orchid, and From Dinosaurs to Diprotodons. Her latest book is In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World, published by Picador.

BA (Hons) Adelaide University 1989
DPhil Oxford University 1993
Honours, awards and grants

2019 National Biography Award shortlisted - The Wasp and the Orchid
2019 Text Literary Prize shortlist - Tellurian Blue
2019 Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant - Against the Tide
2018 Federation of Australian Writers Prize for Excellence in Nonfection - The Wasp and the Orchid
2018 The Nib Waverly Library longlist - The Wasp and the Orchid
2018 Max Fatchen Fellowship, Adelaide Festival Awards - Tellurian Blue
2016 Whitley Award for Best Popular Zoology Book - Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia's Inland Sea
2016 CBCA Notable Book - Prehistoric Marine Life in Australia's Inland Sea
2016 Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant - The Wasp and the Orchid
2014 Australia Council Literature Award - Fiction - Due South
2014 Inaugural Dahl Trust Fellow (Australian Book Review) - Seeing the wood for the trees
2013 Moran Award for History of Science (Australian Academy of Science)
2013 Australian Orchid Foundation Award - The Wasp and the Orchid
2012 Stella Award for Critiquing Cultures
2011 Arts SA Independent Makers and Presenters Professional Development - Voyages to the South Seas
2010 CBCA Notable Book - Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia
2010 Calibre Essay longlist - After the fire
2009 Redmond Barry Fellow, Melbourne University - A Future in Flames
2007 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction - Voyages to the South Seas
2006 Creative Fellow, State Library of Victoria - Voyages to the South Seas
1998 Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellow - A Continent of Curiosities
1990 Rhodes Scholar SA

Teaching interests

Danielle is available to provide workshops on academic writing (for thesis, publication and grants) and creative nonfiction.

Supervisory interests
Creative writing
History and philosophy of science
Science communication
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Creative writing (creative nonfiction) (1), Film (environmental nonfiction) (1)
Principal supervisor: Creative writing (3)
Associate supervisor: Creative writing (2)
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