Dr Hawthorne Beyer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Global Change Institute
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Hawthorne is a quantitative ecologist working on conservation and environmental management problems. His research focuses on i) the dynamics and control of wildlife disease and vectors of disease (rabies in East Africa, ticks in Canada, and now coinfection in koalas in Queensland); ii) mechanistic animal movememt models that quntify habitat and movement processes in a single unified framework; and iii) optimisation of resource allocation to ecological management problems.

After being awarded his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2010, he worked as a research fellow in Prof. Marie-Josee Fortin's lab at the University of Toronto for 18 months before joining Prof. Hugh Possingham's group at UQ. Hawthorne is now an ARC DECRA research fellow based in the Centre for Biodiversity & Conservation Science in the Department of Biological Sciences at UQ.

Hawthorne's work outside of the realm of Academia include developing free software to facilitate geospatial modelling and analysis ('Hawthstools' and the Geospatial Modelling Environment) that have been downloaded over 180,000 times.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow


  • Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, Kennedy, Emma V., Beyer, Hawthorne L., McClennen, Caleb and Possingham, Hugh P. (2018) Securing a Long-term Future for Coral Reefs. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 33 12: 936-944. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.09.006

  • Runting, Rebecca K., Beyer, Hawthorne L., Dujardin, Yann, Lovelock, Catherine E., Bryan, Brett A. and Rhodes, Jonathan R. (2018) Reducing risk in reserve selection using Modern Portfolio Theory: Coastal planning under sea-level rise. Journal of Applied Ecology, . doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13190

  • Allek, Adriana, Assis, Ariadna S., Eiras, Nicoli, Amaral, Thais P., Williams, Brooke, Butt, Nathalie, Renwick, Anna R., Bennett, Joseph R. and Beyer, Hawthorne L. (2018) The threats endangering Australia's at-risk fauna. Biological Conservation, 222 172-179. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.03.029

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Bunton, J. D., Ernst, A. T., Hanson, J. O., Beyer, H. L., Hammill, E., Runge, C. A., Venter, O., Possingham, H. P. and Rhodes, J. R. (2015). Integrated planning of linear infrastructure and conservation offsets. In: T. Weber, M. J. McPhee and R. S. Anderssen, MODSIM2015: 21st International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (1427-1433). 29 November to 4 December 2015.

  • Frair, Jacqueline L., Merrill, Evelyn H., Visscher, Darcy R., Fortin, Daniel, Beyer, Hawthorne L. and Morales, Juan M. (2005). Scales of movement by elk (Cervus elaphus) in response to heterogeneity in forage resources and predation risk. In: , , (273-287). . doi:10.1007/s10980-005-2075-8

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