Director and CSO
Hawthorne is a quantitative ecologist working on conservation and environmental management problems. His research is at the interface between people and the environment, more specifically on how biological systems are impacted by humans and the implications of this for management of both environmental and social systems. His applied research promotes evidence-based management using quantitative modelling and operations research methods to develop decision support systems for better managing environmental systems.
With a PhD from the University of Glasgow (2010), Hawthorne is now a research fellow based in the Centre for Biodiversity & Conservation Science at the University of Queensland. Hawthorne's work outside of the realm of Academia includes developing free software to facilitate geospatial modelling and analysis ('Hawthstools' and the Geospatial Modelling Environment). At IIS AU, Hawthorne is a Director and the Chief Scientific Officer, leading all scientific research being conducted at the institute.
Integrating Biophysical and Socioeconomic Data to Inform Forest Landscape Restoration Decisions: Proof-of-Concept of a Prototype Decision Support Tool in Uganda
Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration
Minimising the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in an intact landscape under risk of rapid agricultural development
Achieving cost-effective landscape-scale forest restoration through targeted natural regeneration
Strategic approaches to restoring ecosystems can triple conservation gains and halve costs
Optimising the spatial planning of prescribed burns to achieve multiple objectives in a fire-dependent ecosystem
Incorporating habitat availability into systematic planning for restoration: a species-specific approach for Atlantic Forest mammals
Predicting and mapping the potential for natural regeneration in tropical forests
Webinar Series: A decision support platform for spatial optimisation planning of forest ecosystem restoration (WePlan – Forests)
IIS AU and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity conducted a capacity exchange workshop for systematic spatial planning of restoration in Castries, Saint Lucia
WePlan – Forests: A decision support platform for the spatial optimisation planning of tropical forest ecosystem restoration
IIS Introduce Restoration Project in South Africa´s Conference
IIS AU launches policy brief at UN Summit in New York