Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Anson “Tuck” Hines is Director and Marine Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) on Chesapeake Bay, which conducts research and education on linked ecosystems of the coastal zone. He has a B.A. in Zoology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Zoology from University of California at Berkeley. His research on coastal ecosystems includes Chesapeake Bay, Florida, California, Alaska, Belize, Japan, and New Zealand. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and has been project leader on a diverse array of research programs, including: effects of thermal discharges of coastal power plants; sea otters and kelp forest ecology; long-term ecological change in Chesapeake Bay; blue crab ecology; marine food web dynamics; impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and fishery restoration; and biological invasions of coastal ecosystems. He has studied the biology of crabs around the world and is an expert on blue crabs. He has advanced SERC’s master plan for sustainability, overseeing construction of the LEED Platinum certified new Mathias Laboratory. He manages SERC’s land conservation program for 2,650 acres of the Rhode River watershed and shoreline, providing the largest contiguous block of land for environmental research, public education and access on the shoreline of Chesapeake Bay. He promoted establishment of the Smithsonian Marine Science Network for comparative studies of coastal ecosystems at the Institution’s four long-term research facilities along the Western Atlantic, which recently has been endowed as the Marine Global Earth Observatory Network. He serves as Chair of the Smithsonian Diving Control Board, which oversees the safety of one of the nation’s largest scientific diving program. He is Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland College Park, and has advised 22 postdoctoral fellows, 18 Masters and Doctoral students, and 140 undergraduate interns.
Photo: Tuck Hines holding a swimming crab in China.
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