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Hadrien Vanthomme, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Conservation Biologist
D.V.M., Nantes; M.S., University of Tours, Ph.D., National Museum of Natural History of Paris
Dr. Hadrien Vanthomme is a conservation biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Sustainability. The center engages in world-class science education; provides business and industry with science-based solutions for minimizing their impact on biodiversity; and develops innovative and strategic conservation partnerships that result in science-based conservation solutions. Besides the management of biodiversity studies, Vanthomme focuses on innovative landscape approaches to conservation using new technology, remote sensing, and participatory approaches to define optimal strategies that preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services worldwide.
As a camera trapping enthusiast, Vanthomme led various studies using technology to better understand African mammal movements and distribution in response to human disturbances. He is now engaged in a regional-scale assessment of land-cover changes and ecosystem services provision in Peru. This innovative project uniquely combines a participatory assessment of people’s priorities for their region with cutting-edge landscape modelling techniques to evaluate the environmental impacts of alternative future options for the development of the region.
Vanthomme obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 in Nantes, France. Passionate about conservation biology, in 2004 he earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Tours, France, and his doctorate in resources and ecosystem management from the National Museum of Natural History of Paris in 2010. His doctoral study of the socioecological aspect of traditional hunting in the Central African Republic would decisively influence his approach of conservation biology, mixing social science with ecology.
Starting as a veterinarian, Vanthomme expanded his focus from the animal to the species, and now focuses on the large scale, complex interactions between human societies and ecosystems. He believes conservation scientists have an important role to play in providing to society the tools to understand complex socioecological interactions and help decision makers choose the best path ahead.
Recent Publications: 
Brand, Colin M., Johnson, Mireille B., Parker, Lillian D., Maldonado, Jesús E., Korte, Lisa, Vanthomme, Hadrien, Alonso, Alfonso, Ruiz-Lopez, Maria, Wells, Caitlin P. and Ting, Nelson. 2020. Abundance, density, and social structure of African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in a human-modified landscape in southwestern Gabon. PLOS ONE, Article-e0231832. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231832
Sánchez-Cuervo, Ana María, de Lima, Letícia Santos, Dallmeier, Francisco, Garate, Paola, Bravo, Adriana and Vanthomme, Hadrien. 2020. Twenty years of land cover change in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon: implications for biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change, Article 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01603-y
Johnson, Mireille B., Parker, Lillian D., Vanthomme, Hadrien, Tchignoumba, Landry, Deichmann, Jessica L., Maldonado, Jesús E., Korte, Lisa and Alonso, Alfonso. 2019. Patterns of genetic diversity in African forest elephants living in a human-modified landscape in southwest Gabon. Conservation Science and Practice, e76. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.76