My research addresses population and community ecology of threatened and endangered species as related to local conservation efforts and regional scale coastal and marine management science. The emphasis is on the evolution of consistent standards of field methodology and monitoring techniques, and on the creation of educational materials that can be applied to community-based conservation planning. Here's a link to my latest CV.
Ryan Anderson has joined the Hines lab because of his interest and experience with geographic information systems (GIS). He is interested in applying GIS to the intersection of species distribution and global change. Previously he has used GIS to model the nitrogen load to all the watersheds of Long Island, and at the Field Museum in Chicago he used GIS to determine and advocate for ecologically important lands in Peru. He previously worked at Stony Brook University as a research technician where he executed various cruises and experiments focused on ocean acidification and the carbonate chemistry system. For one of the larger field experiments, he designed, built, and tested a new Free Ocean CO2 Enrichment system (FOCE) to be deployed in the field.
I am studying how climate change will impact Pacific harbor seal habitat. I earned my bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, and worked on projects in Australia, Southern California, Texas, and Trinidad and Tobago before coming to SFSU. Currently, I can often be found on a boat in a salt marsh collecting field data for my job with USGS, or in the Hines lab at RTC building models of seal habitat and bar-built estuaries for my thesis.
My research will evaluate Living Shorelines project potential in the San Francisco Estuary using spatial analysis to compare environmental conditions in the context of local resource management and planning.
Thesis: Vessel traffic distribution in San Francisco Bay Previous school: B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from University of South Florida St. Petersburg Research interests: biogeography, marine mammals, GIS, conservation Hobbies: hiking, camping, traveling
Thesis title: Using Wind to Predict Seabird Distributions at Sea BS: Computer Science, Columbia University, 2014 Research interests: Seabirds and algorithms. Marine ecology is incredibly complex and covers enormous spatial scales. I'm interested in novel ways to represent those biological and environmental processes in models. For my thesis, I'm investigating whether movement ecology techniques (such as behavioral classification and energy landscapes) can improve species distribution models.Max's Blog
My interests include marine mammal behavior and conservation as well as public outreach. Currently I am working with a long term cetacean observation dataset gathered from Southeast Farallon Island. I would like to determine possible reasons for changes in seasonal distributions of gray, blue, and humpback whales off the coast of Central California. To do this I will compare basin scale oceanographic patterns (like southern oscillation, north pacific gyre oscillation, and pacific decadal oscillation) and whale presence to see if there are any correlations. Hopefully this information will aid in the management of the local National Marine Sanctuaries and conservation of these species.
Hailing from Missouri, Abby Mohan never imagined her path would lead her to the sea. Since moving to San Francisco 12 years ago Abby started taking sailing lessons and has since spent more time on boats than on land. Abby has worked the past 11 seasons as a deckhand, sailing instructor and now Captain on San Francisco Bay. She has sailed the California coast from Mexico to San Francisco. Abby carries a 100 ton Masters License, is an active member of the Farallon Patrol, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and is on the regional sediment management working group. She has worked on charter boats, delivery boats, safety support boats and film production boats on the waters of SF Bay and GFNMS and looks forward to helping protect the marine environment she loves exploring both personally and professionally. She recently interned with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission Adapting to Rising Tides program completing a GIS analysis of shoreline vulnerability of San Francisco Bay. Her thesis is partnering with GFNMS looking at climate adaptation strategies from their climate smart plan in priority areas using GIS analysis. Abby began her career as a graduate student in Spring 2017 but first started hanging out at the lab while completing her geography bachelors at SFSU during Marine Coastal GIS in Fall 2015.
I am interested in the conservation of endangered marine mammals, and specifically issues pertaining to the recovery of the southern sea otter (E. l. nereis) in California. Using a comparative approach, I hope to analyze the current environment of San Francisco Bay in the context of sea otter habitat-use and population dynamics to help facilitate the return of sea otters to their historic home. I received my Bachelors of Science from the University of Oregon in 2014, where I studied biology and zooarchaeology
Dr. Caillat is a postdoctoral scholar working with Dr. Hines on a NOAA funded project entitled "Catching the Right Fish: A toolbox to reduce marine mammal bycatch in developing countries." For her PhD, she researched Bayesian frameworks. After her PhD, Dr. Caillat was a postdoc at St. Andrews to develop a Bayesian state-space model to predict and explain the demographic rates of a local seal population in Scotland. Research during her PhD and post-doc appointments involved combining statistical and modelling approaches to applied ecological problems.
Title: Citizen Science's Role in Filling Data Gaps: Whale-watching Operators of Northern and Central California The objective of my research was to explore the abilities and desires of the whale-watching industry to collect more and/or new data on the cetaceans they see. This community is underrepresented in the literature, and this research shows the potential and usefulness of their partnership in achieving conservation and protection goals for cetaceans. Participatory GIS was used to document their spatial knowledge of the areas where they search for cetaceans. Currently: 2017 California Sea Grant State Fellow with Ocean Science Trust
I am a 3rd- year PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland, Australia. I am interested in developing interdisciplinary, collaborative and decision theoretic approaches to addressing conservation challenges. My research focuses on improving methods for applied spatial conservation planning and is supervised by Prof. Hugh Possingham, Dr. Maria Beger, and Dr. Carissa Klein. I am interested in the value of science to make robust decisions, improving the return of investment in expensive data collection methods and outcome focused planning. In January 2017, I began as a post-doc at Macquarie University in the School of Biological Sciences to work on a global prioritisation project in collaboration with WildArk. Beyond my research, I invest much of my free time into training and building capacity for NGOs and governments in the use of decision support tools, such as Marxan. I work with WWF, TNC, IUCN and local organisations on applied conservation projects all over the world, from the highly contested waters of the Adriatic Sea to the remote seascapes of Papua New Guinea. Jen's Master's project, in collaboration with Dr. Jaime Jahcnke of Point Blue Conservation Science, was published in PLOS One: Using seabird habitat modeling to inform marine spatial planning in central California’s National Marine Sanctuaries.Jen's Word Press site
Laurel’s work in the Hines lab focused on using hyperspectral imagery and lidar to map and inventory species and heights of individual trees within Muir Woods National Monument and Kent Creek Canyon. Her thesis, ‘Tree species classification using hyperspectral imagery: A comparison of two classifiers‘, was published in Remote Sensing in January 2016. Currently she works at the US Geological Survey in the Western Geographic Science Center, where she has been applying her background in remote sensing to develop methods for improving aboveground biomass estimates for Blue Carbon accounting, creating historical wetland classifications for change analysis, and mapping hazards for Bay Area earthquake scenarios. Ballenti et al 2016.pdf Currently: USGS Western Geography Science Center, Menlo Park