Hawthorne L. Beyer

population dynamics
spatial modelling

Hawthorne L. Beyer, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
[email protected]

Environmental and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Toronto,
Toronto, ON, M5S 3G5, Canada


Software: Geospatial Modelling Environment

Research synopsis

research venn I work at the interface between disease, movement and population ecology. Spatial and social structure in host populations has a profound influence on disease transmission, prevalence, persistence and, therefore, the evolution of pathogens. My focus is on understanding how environment shapes the distribution and dispersal of hosts, trade-offs between connectivity and transmission, and the implications of metapopulation dynamics for control. Advancing our understanding of disease transmission in the context of host ecology is fundamental to improving our ability to respond effectively to emerging infectious disease, which is a critical human health and conservation threat.

Important breakthroughs at all scales relevant to epidemiology and disease ecology are occurring. Most of my work focuses on the larger four scales below, but is informed by research at smaller scales.

scale graphic molecular
protein structure, antigenic relationships, sequencing
transcription, replication, mutation
diversification, immune response
transmission pathways, movement
contact networks, social structure, distribution
metapopulation dynamics, control
multi-species host community dynamics


Current projects


Doctorate (2010) University of Glasgow, Scotland. Epidemiological models of rabies in domestic dogs: dynamics and control
(With Prof. Daniel T. Haydon FRSE)
Master of Science (2006) University of Alberta, Canada. Wolves, elk and willow on Yellowstone National Park’s northern range
(With Prof. Mark S. Boyce, Prof. Evelyn H. Merrill)
Bachelor of Science (1993) University of Nottingham, England. Behavioural Ecology, Joint Hons. (With Prof. Chris J. Barnard)


Postdoctoral Research Fellow Environmental Decisions Group, University of Queensland (2/2012-Present). (With Prof. Hugh Possingham)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto (5/2010-12/2011). (With Prof. Marie-Josee Fortin)
Research Associate Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow (11/2006-4/2010)
Biologist Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA (1/2006-9/2006)
Analytical Consultant Spatial Ecology LLC (2004-Present)
Research Associate Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (2001-2005)
Senior GIS Consultant Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Scotland (2000-2001)
Information Technologist Information Technology, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), WI (1998-2000)
GIS Lab Manager College of Natural Resources, UWSP, WI (1996-1998)
Research Assistant Forestry Dept., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1995-1998)
GIS Teaching Assistant Geography Dept., UWSP, WI (1995-1997)


In submission / in review

Published (peer-reviewed)

  1. Beyer, H.L., Hampson, K., Lembo, T., Cleaveland, S., Kaare, M. and Haydon, D.T. The implications of metapopulation dynamics on the design of rabies vaccination campaigns. 2012 Vaccine [Ph.D.].
  2. Beyer, H.L., Hampson, K., Lembo, T., Cleaveland, S., Kaare, M. and Haydon, D.T. 2011. Metapopulation dynamics of rabies and the efficacy of vaccination. Proceedings of the Royal Society B [Ph.D.].
  3. Beyer, H.L., Haydon, D.T., Morales, J.M., Frair, J.L., Hebblewhite, M., Mitchell, M. and Matthiopoulos, J. 2010. The interpretation of habitat preference metrics under use-availability designs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365, 2245-2254. [Ph.D.]
  4. Gillies, C.S., Beyer, H.L. and Cassady St. Clair, C. 2011. Fine-scale movement decisions of tropical forest birds in a fragmented landscape. Conservation Biology.
  5. Fortin, D., Fortin, M.E., Beyer, H.L., Duschesne, T., Courant, S. and Dancose, K. 2009. Group size mediated habitat selection and group fusion-fission dynamics of bison under predation risk. Ecology 90(9), 2480-2490.
  6. Nielsen, S.E., Stenhouse, G.B., Beyer, H.L., Huettmann, F. and Boyce, M.S. 2008. Can natural disturbance-based forestry rescue a declining population of grizzly bears? Biological Conservation 141(9), 2193-2207.
  7. Aldridge, C.L., Nielsen, S.E., Beyer, H.L., Boyce, M.S., Connelly, J.W., Knick, S.T. and Schroeder, M.A. 2008. Range-wide patterns of greater sage-grouse persistence. Diversity and Distributions 14(6), 983-994.
  8. Frair, J.L., Merrill, E.H., Beyer, H.L., and Morales, J.M. 2008. Thresholds in landscape connectivity and mortality risks in response to growing road networks. Journal of Applied Ecology 45(5), 1504-1513.
  9. Beyer, H.L., Merrill, E.H., Varley, N. and Boyce, M.S. 2007. Willow on Yellowstone’s northern range: evidence for a trophic cascade? Ecological Applications 17(6), 1563-1571 [Masters]
  10. Forester, J.D., Ives, A.R., Turner, M.G., Anderson D.P., Fortin, D., Beyer, H.L., Smith, D.W. and Boyce, M.S. 2006. State-space models link elk movement patterns to landscape characteristics in Yellowstone National Park. Ecological Monographs 77(2), 285-299.
  11. Anderson, D.P., Turner, M.G., Forester, J.D., Zhu, J., Boyce, M.S., Beyer, H.L., and Stowell, L. 2006. Scale-dependent summer resource selection by reintroduced elk in Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Wildlife Management 69(1), 298-310.
  12. Anderson, D.P., Forester, J.D., Turner, M.G., Frair, J., Merrill, E., Fortin, D., Beyer, H.L., Mao, J.S., Boyce, M.S. and Fryxell, J. 2005. Factors influencing female home-range sizes in elk (Cervus elaphus) in North American landscapes. Landscape Ecology 20, 257-271.
  13. Fortin, D., Beyer, H.L., Boyce, M.S., Smith, D.W., Duchesne, T. and Mao, J.S. 2005. Wolves influence elk movements: behaviour shapes a trophic cascade in Yellowstone National Park. Ecology 86(5), 1320-1330.
  14. Frair, J.L. Nielsen, S.E., Merrill, E.H. Lele, S.R., Boyce, M.S., Munro, R.H.M., Stenhouse, G.B., and Beyer, H.L. 2004. Removing habitat-induced, GPS-collar bias from inferences of habitat selection. Journal of Applied Ecology 41, 201-212.
  15. Frair, J.L., Merrill, E.H., Visscher, D.R., Fortin, D., Beyer, H.L., and Morales, J.M. 2005. Scales of movement by elk (Cervus elaphus) in response to heterogeneity in forage resources and predation risk. Landscape Ecology 20(3), 273-287.
  16. Merrill, E.H., Beyer, H.L., Jones, G.P. and McDaniel, G.W. 2003. Deciduous woodland conservation under heavy deer browsing on Devils Tower National Monument, USA. Journal for Nature Conservation, 10, 221-232.

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