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Hazel Thornton

Programme Officer | Conserving Land and Seascapes

Hazel provides technical support to a range of projects and activities in the Marine Programme, contributing to research and analysis elements with a primary focus on digital products. Prior to this, Hazel’s previous role in the Species Programme focussed on species-related Conventions and Agreements, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

Previous experience & expertise

Prior to joining the Centre, Hazel undertook long-term field projects within the Mediterranean and Caribbean; conducting biodiversity assessments and marine conservation efforts within local fishing communities in the Eastern Aegean and surveying protected coral reefs and tropical forests in the UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat. Hazel has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, specializing in ecology and conservation. During her Professional Placement year in Greece, Hazel examined the impact of aquaculture facilities on endemic Mediterranean seagrass. She began at the Centre as an Intern in the Species Programme before joining the programme as Programme Assistant.

Recent work by Hazel Thornton

Marine component of the Proteus Partnership |

As part of the project, Hazel contributes to the development of the Ocean Data Viewer and the management and distribution of high-quality marine and coastal data. These datasets are important resources that can be used to ensure compliance with international regulations, such as the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6, and to manage local operational impacts on biodiversity. Her work also focuses on developing novel ways in which data and modelling approaches can be used to inform decision-making. 

A global map to aid the identification and screening of “Critical Habitat” for marine industries |

The project combines multiple biodiversity layers and assesses their alignment with the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standard 6 (PS6). This is the first attempt to synthesize a global spatial map of identifiable marine PS6 Critical Habitat. It will provide information to aid in minimizing potential biodiversity conflicts when siting marine industry operations.

Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds |

Within the Species programme, Hazel played a key role in compiling the Analyses of National Reports to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (MOP6), a daughter agreement of the Convention on the Conservation of migratory Species of Wild Animals, to provide an assessment of implementation and progress for the triennium 2012-2014.