Professor John Hearne


Head of School

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Math & Geospatial Sciences

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+61 3 9925 9046


Building: 8
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"Professor John Hearne"

Professor John Hearne is the Head of School, Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences.



Professor Hearne's main interest is in the use of quantitative techniques to solve management problems. This has involved a wide range of mathematical techniques including differential equations, optimization, column generation, sensitivity analysis, model simplification and order reduction. In the application area Professor Hearne is particularly interested in problems relating to the conservation and sustainable utilisation of natural resources.

Current PhD students

  • Mohammed Alrashidi - Equitable Harvesting of Animals Freely Roaming on Multiple Private Properties
  • Zhihui Wang - Mapping Spatial Variation of Foliar Nitrogen using Remote Sensing
  • Martijn van der Merwe – Decision support for bushfire incident management teams
  • Ramya (Mia) Rachmawati - Adaptation to the impact of climate change on agriculture: optimisation of land use
  • Mahsa Keshtkaran – Operations Research modelling for decision support in stroke care services

Recent PhD completions

  • Ray Bedford – From seabed to management – a whole system model for Abalone
  • James Minas - Use of Operations Research Methods for Decision Support in Bushfire Management
  • Nahid Jafari - Exact Models for Selection Problems: From Clinical Trials to Reserve Network Design
  • Paul Moloney – Optimising mixed-grazing strategies for semi-arid Australian rangelands
  • Emmanuel Mwakiwa – Cooperation or Competition: Dilemma for Resource Managers n Sustainable Wildlife Utilisation


  • B.Sc (Appl. Math. and Phys.), Cape Town
  • B.Sc (Hons) (Appl. Math.), Cape Town
  • M.Sc, Pretoria
  • D.Sc, Pretoria

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Professional affiliations


View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

For a more complete list go to John's Google Scholar listing


  • Probability of Fire Ignition and Escalation. Funded by Bushfire CRC: DSE Schedule 7 (2012 - 2015)
  • Bushfire CRC: Bushfire CRC PhD Scholarship for Martijn Van der Merwe. Funded by: CRC for Bushfires Scholarship from (2012 to 2015)
  • AMSI Industry Internship Program - Paul Moloney. Funded by: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute from (2010 to 2011)
  • Simplifying models of alien biota. Funded by: Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA) Project from (2007 to 2008)
  • Beyond the Potter Farmland Project: Learning from the Past - Adapting for the Future. Funded by: Ian Potter Foundation Grant pre-2014 from (2007 to 2008)
  • Optimising Economic Returns from mixed livestock and wildlife systems. Funded by: RIRDC - Research Funding R&D Program from (2006 to 2009)

Supervision projects

5 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions

Supervisor interests

Operations Research, spatial optimisation, natural resource modeling