portrait of Hines holding a blue crab
Under Secretary for Science and Research

Anson “Tuck” Hines

Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Anson “Tuck” Hines is director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md.

SERC is a global leader for research focused on connections among ecosystems in the coastal zone. Hines oversees a diverse staff of 17 senior scientists and an interdisciplinary team of more than 180 researchers, technicians and students who conduct long-term descriptive and experimental research on global change, landscape ecology, ecosystems in coastal regions, and population and community ecology.

For the past 30 years, Hines has served as a marine ecologist and principal investigator of SERC’s Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory, as well as concurrently serving as the assistant director for 17 years and director for the past five years. He is a co-principal investigator in the SERC Invasions Biology Program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive research program on invasive species in marine ecosystems. Hines has advanced SERC’s land conservation program and innovative master plan for the Rhode River site, which encompasses nearly 2,650 acres of the watershed and 16 miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline.

His studies include:

  • effects of thermal discharges of coastal power plants
  • sea otters and kelp-forest ecology
  • long-term ecological change in the Chesapeake Bay
  • marine food-web dynamics
  • blue crab ecology
  • impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and fishery restoration
  • biological invasions of coastal ecosystems

Hines has published more than 140 articles in technical journals and books and is the recipient of more than 100 research grant and contract awards. He is adjunct professor at four major institutions (University of Maryland at College Park, North Carolina State University, College of William and Mary, Maryland Biotechnology Institute).

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