Staff Profile
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Dr. Anson “Tuck” Hines has served as director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) since 2005. Located on the Chesapeake Bay 25 miles east of Washington, D.C., SERC studies human impacts, natural processes and land-sea connections in coastal ecosystems. He served as SERC’s assistant director from 1988 to 2004 and has been a marine ecologist and principal investigator of SERC’s Fish & Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory since 1979. As director, he oversees research, professional training and public programs in global change, landscape ecology, coastal ecosystems, and population and community ecology.  SERC programs extend around world with global research networks in forest and marine ecosystems.

Dr. Hines has a B.A. degree in Zoology from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley. He has conducted research on coastal ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay, Florida, California, Alaska, Belize, Japan, and New Zealand.  Dr. Hines has been leader on a diverse array of 130 research projects funded by extramural grants and contracts, including: effects of thermal discharges of coastal power plants; sea otters and kelp forest ecology; long-term ecological change in Chesapeake Bay; marine food web dynamics; predator-prey interactions; impacts of fisheries, aquaculture and fishery restoration; crustacean life histories; and biological invasions of coastal ecosystems.  An expert on blue crabs, he has studied the biology of crabs around the world.  Hines has published more than 150 articles in technical journals and books. 

Dr. Hines has advanced SERC’s land conservation program, which now encompasses 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 also led an innovative master plan for sustainable development and management of the Rhode River site. Most recently, he oversaw construction of the new $57-million Mathias Laboratory, the first LEED-Platinum building in the Smithsonian.  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.  He serves as chair of the Smithsonian Diving Control Board, which oversees the safety of the nation’s largest scientific diving program.  Dr. Hines is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also has served as a major advisor for 20 post-doctoral fellows, 11 Ph.D. students and 10 M.S. students, and as mentor for more than 165 undergraduate interns.


  • Young, A.C., Johnson, E.G., Davis, J.L.D., Hines, A.H., Zmora, O. and Zohar, Y. (2008). Do hatchery-reared blue crabs differ from wild crabs, and does it matter?. Reviews in Fisheries Science, 16 , 254-261.
  • Hines, Anson H., Johnson, Eric, Young, A. C., Aguilar, Robert, Kramer, Margaret A., Goodison, Michael R., Zmora, O. and Zohar, Y. (2008). Release strategies for estuarine species with complex migratory life cycles: Stock enhancement of Chesapeake blue crabs (Callinextes sapidus). Reviews in Fisheries Science, 16 , 173-185.
  • Breitburg, Denise L., Hines, Anson H., Jordan, Thomas E., McCormick, Melissa K., Weller, Donald E. and Whigham, Dennis F. . (2008). Landscape patterns, nutrient discharges, and biota of the Rhode River estuary and its watershed: Contribution of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to the Pilot Integrated Ecosystem Assessment. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center .
  • Hines, Anson H. (2007). Chapter 14: Ecology of juvenile and adult blue crabs. Biology of the Blue Crab (575-665) Maryland Sea Grant Program .
  • Jivoff, Paul R., Hines, Anson H. and Quackenbush, S. (2007). Chapter 7: Reproduction and embryonic development. Blue crab: Callinectes sapidus (181-223) Maryland Sea Grant Program .
  • deRivera, C. E., Hitchcock, N. G., Teck, S. J., Hines, Anson H. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2007). Larval development rate predicts range expansion of an introduced crab. Marine Biology, 150 , 1275-1288.
  • deRivera, C. E., Steves, B. P., Ruiz, Gregory M., Fofonoff, Paul W. and Hines, Anson H. (eds.). (2007). Northward spread of marine NIS along western North America: Forecasting risk of colonization in Alaskan waters using environmental niche modeling. Aquatic Invasion Research & Policy Institute, Portalnd State University .
  • Whigham, Dennis F., King, Ryan S., DeLuca, William, Marra, Peter P., Hines, Anson H., Gallegos, Charles L., Bilkovic, Donna Marie and Hershner, Carl. (2006). Message 2: The Estuarine segment approach. Integration of ecological and socioeconomic indicators for estuaries and watersheds of the Atlantic Slope. Final Report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Program, Agreement R-82868401 (21-42) .
  • Rome, M. S., Young-Williams, A. C., Davis, G. R. and Hines, Anson H. (2005). Linking temperature and salinity tolerance to winter mortality of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs (Callinectus sapidus). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 319 , 129-145.
  • Kuhlmann, M. L. and Hines, Anson H. (2005). Density-dependent predation by blue crabs Callinectes sapidus on natural prey populations of infaunal bivalves. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 295 , 215-228.
  • Jewett, E. B., Hines, Anson H. and Ruiz, Gregory M. (2005). Epifaunal disturbance by periodic low levels of dissolved oxygen: native vs. invasive species response. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 304 , 31-44.
  • deRivera, C. E., Ruiz, Gregory M., Hines, Anson H. and Jivoff, Paul R. (2005). Biotic resistance to invasion: native crab predation limits the abundance and geographic distribution of an introduced crab. Ecology, 86 , 3364-3376.
  • Davis, J. L. D., Young-Williams, A. C., Hines, Anson H. and Zohar, Y. (2005). Assessing the potential for stock enhancement in the case of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 62 , 109-122.
  • Aguilar, Robert, Hines, Anson H., Kramer, Margaret A., Wolcott, Thomas G. and Lipcius, Romuald N. (2005). Timing and route of movement and migration of post-copulatory female blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, from the upper Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 319 , 117-128.
  • Motz Carver, A., Wolcott, Thomas G., Wolcott, D. L. and Hines, Anson H. (2005). Unnatural selections: effects of a male-focused size-selective fishery o reproductive potential of a blue crab population. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 319 , 29-41.