Jeffrey Hanson

Conservation Scientist
I am interested in modelling biodiversity patterns and processes, and using this information to optimize conservation actions

Publications

   
  • Research articles

    2016

    2015

  • Popular science articles

    2015

  • Projects

  • raptr R package
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    Biodiversity is in crisis. The overarching aim of conservation is to preserve biodiversity patterns and processes. To this end, protected areas are established to buffer species and preserve biodiversity processes. But resources are limited and so protected areas must be cost-effective. This R package contains tools to generate plans for protected areas (prioritizations), using spatially explicit targets for biodiversity patterns and processes. To obtain solutions in a feasible amount of time, this package uses the commercial ‘Gurobi’ software package. Additionally, the ‘rgurobi’ package can also be installed to provide extra functionality. Download the official version from CRAN, or the developmental version from GitHub.

  • Experiences

         
  • PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    I am currently a PhD candidate in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland. I am investigating how we can explicitly include biodiversity processes in the conservation planning process, and how plans for reserve networks (prioritization) change when we do explicitly consider them. I am supervised by Richard Fuller and Jonathan Rhodes.

         
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  • Casual Professional Staff at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    I developed programs for the Field Ecology course (BIOL2015). During the course students would visit Fraser Island and collect data using purpose-build apps on smart phones. I wrote a data formatting program to streamline the process of formatting data output from the apps for statistical analysis, and identifying potential issues with the data. Additionally, I wrote a data visualization program to provide a simple interface for visualizing their results. I have contributed to the further development of these programs on-and-off over the last few years.

         
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  • Research Assistant in the Fuller Lab at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    I was primarily responsible for producing tidal flat maps for the East-Australasian Flyway. To achieve this, I compiled databases of LANDSAT satellite images and processed spatial data. This work resulted in the upcoming publication Djhanal-Adams et al. (under revision). Additionally, during this time I helped compile a global database of protected areas using data from the World Database on Protected Areas and additional sources.

         
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  • Research Assistant in the Rhodes Lab at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    My primary role was data preparation and analysis. I assisted with preparing genetic and spatial data for landscape genetics analysis. I generated connectivity models for Sugar Gliders, Squirrel Gliders, and the Yellow Footed Antechinus using landscape and genetic data. Additionally, I developed a decision support tool to help understand the impacts of development on the connectivity of these species in South East Queensland, Australia. This work resulted in the upcoming publication Dudaneic et al. (accepted 2015).

         
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  • Workshops

    I have tutored in the following workshops.

    • 2015
      • “Geospatial Analysis in R” coordinated by Hawthorne Beyer, Rebbecca Runting and Jutta Beher at the Student Conference of Conservation Science 2015, Australia.
      • “Smoothing the Marxan Flow with R” coordinated by Matthew Watts at the Student Conference of Conservation Science 2015, Australia.
    • 2013
      • “Introduction to Geospatial Analysis” coordinated by Hawthorne Beyer at The University of Queensland, Australia.
      • “Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis in R” workshop coordinated by Hawthorne Beyer at The University of Queensland, Australia.
    • 2011
      • “Introducing R” coordinated by Simon Blomberg at The University of Queensland, Australia.
         
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    Skills

    Computational skills

    Programming languages

    • R
    • Python
    • C++

    Database

    • Microsoft Access
    • JSON/XML/YAML

    Network Adminisation

    • SSH/SFTP
    • Install and manage UNIX servers

    Statistical skills

    Statistical models

    • GLMs
    • GLMERs
    • occupancy-detection models

    Visualisation

    • ggplot2
    • R base graphics

    Modelling platforms

    • stan
    • MaxEnt
    • jags

    Spatial Analytical skills

    Geogrocessing

    • R
    • ArcGIS
    • Circuitscape

    Decision support tools

    • Marxan
    • raptr

    Tools

    Typesetting

    • Microsoft Word
    • LaTeX

    Operating system

    • Windows
    • Ubuntu (14.04)

    Version control

    • GitHub
    • BitBucket

    Education

       
  • Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    My honors thesis was titled “Using stable isotopes to assess the relationship between body-size, habitat use and diet in estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus)”. This work was later used in the publication Hanson et al. (2015).

  • Bachelor of Science at The University of Queensland
    Brisbane, Australia

    I completed my Bachelor of Science at The University of Queensland with a major in Ecology.

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