Hines Lab

Marine and Coastal Biogeography

Ellen Hines Lab SFSU Geography/RTC

Welcome to the Hines Lab

Department of Geography & Environment, at the Romberg Tiburon Center, San Francisco State University

Our Research

In any ecosystem, the presence of marine megafauna (marine mammals, seabirds, sharks, turtles) could be a major influence in system processes. While methods for population assessment have been active areas for scientific research, the relationship of marine megafauna to the composition and structure of their environment is an important concept for the advancement of scientific conservation and management knowledge. Could the presence of a whale, a seal, a seabird, or a shark be an indicator of ecosystem health, a keystone species that protects the diversity, resilience, and productivity of their communities, or a predator just passing through an area where similar processes would occur without their presence? There is increasing evidence of top-down, or cascading influences that are created by the influence of transient species in ecological communities. Long term studies with reliable baseline information are needed to chronicle and eventually predict these occurrences. Relationships with physical factors of the environment also structure a biotic community. For a complete picture of an ecologic system, local and regional influences of physical and hydrologic oceanographic phenomena must be studied from both a spatial and temporal viewpoint.


Our Publications

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* Hines Lab Student

Johnson, AF, Caillat, M., Verutes, GM, Peter, C., Junchumpoo, C., Long, V., Ponnampalam, LS., Lewison, RL., and EM Hines. (2017) Poor fisheries struggle with U.S. import rule. Science, 355: 1031.

Studwell AJ*, Hines E, Elliott ML, Howar J, Holzman B, et al. (2017) Modeling Nonresident Seabird Foraging Distributions to Inform Ocean Zoning in Central California. PLOS ONE 12(1): e0169517. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169517

Baldwin, C., Lewison, R., Lieske, S., Beger, M., Jones, C., Hines, E., Junchompoo, C, Satumanatpan, S. 2016. Using the Driver Pressure State Impact Response (DPSIR) framework for transdisciplinary and cross-border training and knowledge elicitation: social-ecological dynamics in the eastern Gulf of Thailand. Ocean and Coastal Management 134: 163-172.

Ballenti, L*., Blesius, L, Hines, E., Kruse, B. 2016. Tree species classification using hyperspectral imagery: A comparison of two classifiers. Remote Sensing 8, 445; doi:10.3390/rs8060445

Lewison, R. L, Rudd, M.A., Al-Hayek, W., Baldwin, C., Beger, M., Lieskee, S. N., Jones, C., Suvaluck, Satumanatpan, S., Junchompoo, C., and E. Hines. 2016. How the DPSIR framework can be used for structuring problems and facilitating empirical research in coastal systems. Environmental Science & Policy 56: 110-119.

McClure, A*., Liu, XH, Hines, E. and M. Ferner. 2016. Evaluation of error reduction techniques on a lidar-derived salt marsh digital elevation model. Journal of Coastal Research 32: 424-433.

Wedding, L. M, Maxwell, D. Hyrenbach, DC Dunn, J. Roberts, S., D. Briscoe, E. Hines, and PN Halpin. 2015. Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management. Endangered Species Research DOI:10.3354/esr00716

Jensen, C*., E. Hines, B. Holzman, TJ Moore, J. Jahncke and JV Redfern, et al. 2015 Spatial and temporal variability in shipping traffic entering and exiting San Francisco Bay. Coastal Management 43: 575-588. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08920753.2015.1086947

Smith, T.D., Bannister, J., Hines, E., Reeves, R., Rojas-Bracho, L., and P. Shaughnessy (2016). World Ocean Assessment, Chapter 37: Marine Mammals. The Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea of the United Nations Secretariat http://www.un.org/depts/los/global_reporting/WOA_RegProcess.htm

Hines, E., et al. 2015. In Memoriam, Kanjana Adulyanukosol. Marine Mammal Science DOI: 10.1111/mms.12265

Hines, E., Strindberg, S., Jumchumpoo, C., Ponnampalam, L, Ilangakoon, A., and J. Jackson-Ricketts. 2015. Line transect estimates of Irrawaddy dolphin abundance along the eastern Gulf of Thailand. Frontiers in Marine Science doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00063

Teh, SLL, Teh, CLL, Hines, E., Junchumpoo, C., and R. Lewison. 2015. Contextualizing the coupled socio-ecological conditions of marine megafauna bycatch. Ocean and Coastal Management 116: 449-465.

Dransfield, A,* E Hines, B Holzman, M. Elliot, J. Howar, J.McGowan, N. Nur, JJahncke. 2014. Where the Whales are: Using habitat modeling to support changes in shipping regulations within National Marine Sanctuaries in Central California. Endangered Species Research: 26:39-57. doi: 10.3354/esr00627

Edwards, H. H.,Stone, S. B. P.*, Hines, E. M., Gomez, N.A., and B. E. Winning. 2014. Documenting manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) presence at Turneffe Atoll in Belize and its conservation significance, Central America. Caribbean Journal of Science 48: 71-75.

Briscoe, D.K., S. Hiatt, R. Lewison and E. Hines. 2014. Modeling habitat and bycatch risk for dugongs in Sabah, Malaysia. Endangered Species Research 24:237-247. doi: 10.3354/esr00600

Ponnampalam, L., Hines, E., Mananansap, S., Ilangakoon, A., Junchompoo, C., Adulyanukosol, A., and L. J. Morse. 2013. Behavioral observations on Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in Trat Province, Eastern Gulf of Thailand. Aquatic Mammals 39(4): 401-409.

McGowan, J.*, E. Hines, M. Elliott, J.Howar, A. Dransfield, N. Nur, J Jahncke. 2013. Using seabird habitat modeling to inform marine spatial planning in Central California’s National Marine Sanctuaries, PLoS ONE 8(8): e71406. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071406.

Funayama, K*., Hines, E., Davis, J, and S. Allen. 2013. Effects of sea-level rise on northern elephant seals at Point Reyes peninsula, California. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems: 23: 233-245.

Keller, C.A., Garrison, L. Baumstark, R., Ward-Geiger, L.I., and E. Hines. 2012. Defining calving habitat for the North Atlantic right whale in the southeastern United States: An application of a habitat model. Endangered Species Research 18: 73-87.

LaCommare, K.S., Self-Sullivan, C., Hines, E., and S. Brault. 2012. A boat-based method for monitoring sirenians: Antillean manatee case study. Biological Conservation: 152: 169-177.

Hines, E., Reynolds, J., Mignucci-Giannoni, A, Aragones, L.V., and M. Marmontel. 2012. Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries. Edited Volume. The University Press of Florida (reviewed in Mammalia and the Quarterly Review of Biology in 2014).

Hines, E. 2011. Conservation of the Dugong along the Andaman Coast of Thailand: An Example of the Integration of Conservation and Biology in Endangered Species Research. VDM Verlag, Germany.

Hines, E., Parsons, C., and J. Cigliano. 2011. Making marine science matter—a special issue highlighting the first International Marine Conservation Congress (Introduction). Bulletin of Marine Science 87(2).

Hines, E., 2011. Threats to coastal dolphins from oil exploration, drilling and spills off the coast of Belize. In: Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. (eds.), Too Precious to Drill: the Marine Biodiversity of Belize, pp. 14-18. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 19(6). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia [ISSN 1198-6727].

Cleve, C*., Perrine, J., Holzman, B, and E. Hines. 2011. Addressing biased occurrence data in predicting potential Sierra Nevada red fox habitat for survey prioritization. Endangered Species Research 14:179-191.

Merrified, M.S*., Hines, E.M., Liu, X, and M.W.Beck. 2011. Building regional threat-based networks for estuaries in the western United States. PLOS ONE 6(2): e17407. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017407

Dick, D.M*. and E.M. Hines. 2011. Development and implementation of distance sampling techniques to determine bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) abundance at Turneffe Atoll, Belize. Marine Mammal Science: 27(3): 606-621.

Novak, A. B, Hines, E., Kwan, D., Parr, L., Than Tun, M., and H. Wen. 2009. Seagrasses of the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar. Aquatic Botany 91(3): 250-252.

Doukakis, J. P., Parsons, E.C.M., Burns, W.C.G., Salomon, A.K., Hines, E., and J.A. Cigliano. 2009. Gaining traction: Re-treading the wheels of marine conservation. Conservation Biology 23(4): 841–846.

Hines, E., Adulyanukosol, K., Somany, P., Sam Ath, L., Cox, N., Boonyanate, P., and N.X. Hoa. 2008. Community interviews to assess conservation needs of the dugong (Dugong dugon) in Cambodia & Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Oryx 42(1): 113-121.

Ilangakoon, A. Sutaria, D., Hines, E., and R. Raghavan. 2008. Historical status and future prospects for dugongs (Dugong dugon) in the Gulf of Mannar, based on interview surveys. Marine Mammal Science 24(3): 704-710.

Hines, E., Adulyanukosol, K., Duffus, D. A., and P. Dearden. 2005. Community perspectives and conservation needs for dugongs along the Andaman coast of Thailand. Environmental Management 36(5): 654-664.

Hines, E., Adulyanukosol, K., and D. A. Duffus. 2005. Dugong abundance along the Andaman coast of Thailand. Marine Mammal Science 21:3:536-549.

Hines, E., Franklin, J., and J. Stephenson. 2005. Using a geographic information system to estimate digital map error and its effects on habitat delineation for the California spotted owl in southern California. Transactions in GIS. 9(4): 541-559.

Byrne, R., and E. Hines. 2005. The marine turtles of Hinatuan Bay, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines. Marine Turtle Newsletter 105: 8.


Our Lab Members Past & Present

Please follow this link to our lab members. For further information, please email Dr. Ellen Hines. If you wish to apply, please make sure you check out our lab members and their projects, to see what our lab does! You can join through the SFSU Geography Department or through the Romberg Tiburon Center RIPTIDES program.


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