2020 - PhD Hydrogeology, University of Neuchâtel
2016 - MSc Geography by Research, University of Durham
2012 - BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Bristol
Dr Thornton is an experienced hydrologist, environmental scientist, and modeler of natural hazards and risk. He has experience in the fields of geology, snow science, hydrological field measurement, satellite remote sensing, numerical model calibration/inversion, and spatial analysis. He works with a variety of computational and statistical techniques including relational databases (PostgreSQL/PostGIS), desktop GIS packages (e.g., QGIS), and script-based tools (e.g., R). He has particular expertise in applications in complex mountain topography.
Dr Thornton has published several articles in leading international, peer-reviewed journals such as Scientific Data, Journal of Hydrology, and Water Resources Research, the majority as lead author. He is also a regular convenor of sessions at scientific conferences, and was invited to give a keynote presentation at the Swiss Geosciences Meeting 2018. Most recently, he was invited to give a presentation at the World Biodiversity Forum 2022.
Editing and Reviewing Experience
Dr Thornton has several years of experience in editing reports and papers for non-native and native speakers alike from a range of disciplines. He has additionally reviewed articles for journals including Scientific Data, Journal of Hydrology, Groundwater, and IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing. Dr Thornton joined Edanz as an editor in 2022.
In addition to his academic publications, Dr Thornton has written blog articles for the Mountain Research Initiative website.