Former Conservation Biologist
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, Dr. 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 and drone enthusiast, Dr. Vanthomme led various studies using technology to better understand African mammal movements and distribution in response to human disturbances. He is also one of the creator of the Smithsonian Working Landscape Simulator, an innovative tool that combines scenario planning, cost-benefit analysis, participatory assessment of ecosystem services, and cutting-edge landscape modelling techniques to evaluate the environmental impacts of alternative future options for the development of a territory.
Dr. Vanthomme obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 in Nantes, France. Passionate about conservation biology, he earned in 2004 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, Dr. 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 socio-ecological interactions and help decision makers choose the best path ahead.
Research And Grants
- Paraguay Mapping awarded by World Bank Group
- 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, 15, (4) Article–e0231832. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0231832. 2024
- 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, 20, (1) Article 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01603-y. 2024
- Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A., Nzamba, Brave S., Alonso, Alfonso, and Todd, Angelique F. 2019. "Empirical selection between least-cost and current-flow designs for establishing wildlife corridors in Gabon." Conservation Biology, 33, (2) 329–338. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13194. 2019
- 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, 1, (8) e76. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.76. 2019
- Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A., Tobi, Elie, Todd, Angelique F., Korte, Lisa, and Alonso, Alfonso. 2017. "Antipoaching standards in onshore hydrocarbon concessions drawn from a Central African case study." Conservation Biology, 31, (3) 696–706. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12854. 2017
- Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A., Alonso, Alfonso, Tobi, Elie, Rolegha, Carole Liliane, Hita Garcia, Francisco, Mikissa, Jean Bruno, and Alonso, Leeanne E. 2017. "Associations of ant species to land cover types and human disturbance in south-west Gabon." African Journal of Ecology, 55, (3) 352–364. https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12362. 2017
- Deichmann, Jessica L., Mulcahy, Daniel G., Vanthomme, Hadrien, Tobi, Elie, Wynn, Addison H., Zimkus, Breda M., and McDiarmid, Roy W. 2017. "How many species and under what names? Using DNA barcoding and GenBank data for west Central African amphibian conservation." PLOS ONE, 12, (11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187283. 2017
- Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A., Kolowski, Joseph, Nzamba, Brave S., and Alonso, Alfonso. 2015. "Hypothesis-driven and field-validated method to prioritize fragmentation mitigation efforts in road projects." Ecological Applications, 25, (7) 2035–2046. https://doi.org/10.1890/14-1924.1. 2015
- Alonso, Alfonso, Dallmeier, Francisco, Korte, Lisa, and Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A. 2014. "The Gabon Biodiversity Program: A Conservation Research Collaboration." Africa Today, 61, (1) 3–15. https://doi.org/10.2979/africatoday.61.1.3. 2014
- Vanthomme, Hadrien P. A., Kolowski, Joseph, Korte, Lisa, and Alonso, Alfonso. 2013. "Distribution of a Community of Mammals in Relation to Roads and Other Human Disturbances in Gabon, Central Africa." Conservation Biology, 27, (2) 281–291. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12017. 2013
- Notes on the distribution and status of small carnivores in Gabon. Small Carnivore Conservation. 48:19-29. 2013
- Anthony, Nicola M., Mickala, Patrick, Abernethy, Katharine A., Atteke, Christiane, Bissiengou, Pulchérie, Bruford, Michael W., Dallmeier, Francisco, Decaëns, Thibaud, Dudu, Akaibe, Freedman, Adam, Gonder, Mary Katherine, Hardy, Olivier, Hart, John, Jeffery, Kathryn, Johnson, Mireille, Pambo, Flore Koumba, Ley, Alexandra, Korte, Lisa, Lahm, Sally A., Lee, Michelle, Lowenstein, Jake H., Mboumba, Jean-François, Ndiade Bourobou, Dyana, Ngomanda, Alfred, Ntie, Stephan et al. 2012. "Biodiversity and conservation genetics research in Central Africa: new approaches and avenues for international collaboration." Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, (2) 523–525. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12686-011-9554-9. 2012
- Vanthomme, Hadrien, Sánchez-Cuervo, Ana María, Gárate, Paola, Bravo, Adriana, and Dallmeier, Francisco. 2019. El Futuro de Madre de Dios: Simulador de Paisajes Productivos del Smithsonian para un Desarrollo Sostenible. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2019
- Vanthomme, Hadrien, Sánchez-Cuervo, Ana María, Gárate, Paola, Bravo, Adriana, and Dallmeier, Francisco. 2019. The Future of Madre de Dios: Smithsonian’s Working Landscape Simulator for Sustainable Development. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.9781944466282.En. 2019
- National Zoological Park Academic Department