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Clare Hawkins

Honorary Research Associate

Off-Campus

Biography

I carried out my Ph.D. on the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox), a semi-arboreal mammalian carnivore endemic to the forests of Madagascar. Its ecological similarities to the spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) brought me to Tasmania in 2001 to study the latter species' habitat requirements. I subsequently joined the State Government, initially with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program: I spent four years monitoring the impact and distribution of Devil Facial Tumour Disease, followed by nine years as Senior Zoologist for the Threatened Species Section which included the creation of the Threatened Species Link. I am now developing citizen science projects with the Bookend Trust, including the Extinction Matters BioBlitzes, and NatureTrackers.

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Research Themes

While I am interested in all aspects of conservation ecology, I have in the past particularly focussed on understanding and managing the special issues associated with low density, wide-ranging species. I'm now exploring novel approaches to better monitor & manage Tasmania's diverse threatened fauna (from quolls and eagles to skinks, butterflies and burrowing crayfish). There's great new technology to help us - remote cameras, bioacoustics, social media - and in 2015 I was awarded a Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to develop bomb-proof, enduring citizen science study designs for long term monitoring. I enjoy working with experts in a range of fields interested in getting wildlife monitoring to be really effective.

Fields of Research

  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Population Ecology (060207)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Zoology (060899)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)
  • Speciation and Extinction (060311)
  • Animal Physiological Ecology (060806)
  • Animal Reproduction (070206)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Knowledge (050201)

Research Objectives

  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Forest and Woodlands Environments (960404)
  • Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species (960499)
  • Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species at Regional or Larger Scales (960405)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest and Woodlands Environments (961203)
  • Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960810)
  • Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Land and Water Management (960910)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Environments (961309)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961306)

Publications

Total publications

13

Journal Article

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Fancourt BA, Bateman BL, VanDerWal J, Nicol SC, Hawkins CE, et al., 'Testing the role of climate change in species decline: is the eastern quoll a victim of a change in the weather?', PLoS ONE, 10, (6) Article e0129420. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129420 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Fancourt BA; Jones ME; Johnson CN

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2015Fancourt BA, Hawkins CE, Cameron EZ, Jones ME, Nicol SC, 'Devil declines and catastrophic cascades: is mesopredator release of feral cats inhibiting recovery of the eastern quoll?', PLoS ONE, 10, (3) Article e0119303. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119303 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Fancourt BA; Cameron EZ; Jones ME

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2014Fancourt BA, Nicol SC, Hawkins CE, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Beyond the disease: is Toxoplasma gondii infection causing population declines in the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus)?', International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 3, (2) pp. 102-112. ISSN 2213-2244 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2014.05.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8

Co-authors: Fancourt BA; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Johnson CN

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2013Fancourt BA, Hawkins CE, Nicol SC, 'Evidence of rapid population decline of the eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) in Tasmania', Australian Mammalogy, 35, (2) pp. 195-205. ISSN 0310-0049 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM13004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Fancourt BA; Nicol SC

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2009Bode M, Hawkins CE, Rout T, Wintle B, 'Efficiently locating conservation boundaries: Searching for the Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease front', Biological Conservation, 142, (7) pp. 1333-1339. ISSN 0006-3207 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.01.029 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

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2009Hawkins CE, Racey PA, 'A novel mating system in a solitary carnivore: the fossa', Journal of Zoology, 277, (3) pp. 196-204. ISSN 0952-8369 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00517.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

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2009McCallum HI, Jones M, Hawkins CE, Hamede Ross RK, Lachish S, et al., 'Transmission dynamics of Tasmanian devil facial tumor disease may lead to disease-induced extinction', Ecology, 90, (12) pp. 3379-3392. ISSN 0012-9658 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/08-1763.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 100Web of Science - 98

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones M; Hamede Ross RK; Lachish S; Sinn DL; Beeton N

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2008Hawkins CE, Racey PA, 'Food habits of an endangered carnivore, Cryptoprocta ferox , in the dry deciduous forests of western Madagascar', Journal of Mammalogy, 89, (1) pp. 64-74. ISSN 0022-2372 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1644/06-MAMM-A-366.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

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2008Hoffman M, Hawkins CE, Walsh PD, 'Action needed to prevent extinctions caused by disease', Nature, 454, (10 July 2008) pp. 159. ISSN 0028-0836 (2008) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2008Jones Menna, Cockburn A, Hamede Ross RK, Hawkins CE, Hesterman H, et al., 'Life-history change in disease-ravaged Tasmanian devil populations', National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America. Proceedings, 105, (29) pp. 10023-10027. ISSN 0027-8424 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0711236105 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 94Web of Science - 83

Co-authors: Jones Menna; Hamede Ross RK; Hesterman H; Lachish S; McCallum HI

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2008Schipper J, Chanson JS, Chiozza NA, Cox NA, Hoffman M, et al., 'The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, threat, and knowledge', Science, 322, (no.5899) pp. 225-230. ISSN 0036-8075 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.1165115 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 640Web of Science - 604

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2007McCallum HI, Tompkins DM, Jones ME, Lachish S, Marvanek S, et al., 'Distribution and impacts of Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor Disease', EcoHealth, 4, (3) pp. 318-325. ISSN 1612-9202 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-007-0118-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 108Web of Science - 92

Co-authors: McCallum HI; Jones ME

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2006Hawkins CE, Baars C, Hesterman H, Hocking GJ, Jones ME, et al., 'Emerging disease and population decline of an island endemic, the Tasmanian devil Sarcophilus harrisii', Biological Conservation, 131, (2) pp. 307-324. ISSN 0006-3207 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2006.04.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 168Web of Science - 158

Co-authors: Hesterman H; Jones ME; Mann D

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

9

Total funding

$72,563

Projects

Drought, disease or destiny? Identifying the causes of decline of the eastern quoll (2012)$5,000
Funding
Norman Wettenhall Foundation ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Year
2012
Conservation of the Ptunarra Brown Butterfly (2011)$32,000
Funding
Winifred Violet Scott Charitable Trust ($32,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Burridge CP; McQuillan PB; Bell PJ; Hawkins CE
Year
2011
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011 - 2013)$20,500
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($20,500)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Period
2011 - 2013
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011)$2,000
Funding
Wildlife Disease Association - Australasian section ($2,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE
Year
2011
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011)$1,000
Funding
Trust of M.A. Ingram ($1,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Year
2011
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011)$1,500
Funding
Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-Ethel Mary Read
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Year
2011
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011)$1,000
Funding
Australian Wildlife Society ($1,000)
Scheme
Grant-University Students Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Year
2011
Drought, Disease or Destiny? Identifying Causes of Decline of the Eastern Quoll (2011)$3,000
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($3,000)
Scheme
Grant-NCCARF Terrestrial Biodiversity PhD Visit
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CN; Nicol SC; Jones ME; Hawkins CE; Fancourt BA
Year
2011
Key threats to eastern quolls (Dasyurus Viverrinus) (2011)$6,563
Funding
Foundation For National Parks and Wildlife ($6,563)
Scheme
Grant-Agency
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nicol SC; Fancourt BA; Hawkins CE
Year
2011

Research Supervision

Current

1

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDBreeding ecology and response to disturbance of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDSpatial Ecology of the Tasmanian Spotted-Tailed Quoll
Candidate: Shannon Nichole Troy
2014
PhDPopulation and Disease Modelling in the Tasmanian Devil
Candidate: Nicholas Beeton
2012
PhDThe Ecology and Epidemiology of Devil Facial Tumour Disease
Candidate: Rodrigo Karim Hamede Ross
2012