Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Ellen Hines - Professor & Associate Director, RTC

Marine & Coastal GIS and Marine Endangered Species
Romberg Tiburon Center and

Department of Geography and Environment
Phone: (415) 338-3512

Research Interests

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. I am also the Director of the Marine & Coastal Conservation and Spatial Planning Lab at SF State. Current projects include the Golden Gate LiDAR Project, which uses remote sensing to map local changes in land use, how climate change is affecting the Bay Area, and what is happening to the buffer between land and sea where wetlands are being restored, as well as providing a picture of the urban areas that could be useful for urban planning and architecture. More information on my research can be found in the 2013 issue of interSCI, the Journal of the College of Science & Engineering, excerpted here (pdf, 3MB).


Selected Publications


Hines, E., Ponnampalam, L.S., Hisne, F.I.J, Whitty, T.S., Jackson-Ricketts, J., Kuit, S.H, and J.M. Acebes. Report of the 3rd Southeast Asian Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAM III) 2015. Langkawi Island, Malaysia, 4-10 March 2013.  Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), United Nations Environment Program

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


Wedding, L. M, Maxwell, S., Briscoe, D., and E. Hines. Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management. In Press: Endangered Species Research


Hines, E., et al. In Memoriam, Kanjana Adulyanukosol. In Press: Marine Mammal Science


Jensen, C., E. Hines, J. Redfern, B. Holzman, et al. Spatial and temporal variability in shipping traffic entering and exiting San Francisco Bay. In Press: Coastal Management


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


Smith, T.D., Bannister, J., Hines, E., Reeves, R., Rojas-Bracho, L., and P. Shaughnessy. World Ocean Assessment, Chapter 37: Marine Mammals. In Press: The Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea of the United Nations Secretariat


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


Hines, E., Adulyanukosol, K., Charuchinda, M., Somany, P., and Sam Ath, L. 2004. Conservation of dugongs (Dugong dugon) along the Eastern Gulf of Thailand in Thailand and Cambodia. Final Report to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong, and Project Aware, Australia.

Hines, E., Junchompoo, C., Ilangakoon, A., Ponnampalam, L., a 466 nd Jackson-Ricketts, J. 2013. Coastal cetaceans in Trat Province, Eastern Thailand (2013). Final Report to Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong and Indo-Pacific Cetacean Foundation, Australia.

Hines, E., Junchompoo, C., Ilangakoon, A., Ponnampalam, L., and Jackson-Ricketts J. 2014. Coastal cetaceans in Trat Province, Eastern Thailand (2012-2014). Final Report to Indo-Pacific Cetacean Foundation, Australia.


Edwards, H., Holguin, S.**, Hines, E., and B. Winning. Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) Use of Turneffe Atoll in Belize, Central America. In Press, Caribbean Journal of Science


Funayama, K.**, Hines, E., Davis, J, and S. Allen. Effects of sea-level rise on northern elephant seals at Point Reyes peninsula, California. In Press, Aquatic Conservation


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

Ponnampalam, L.S., Hines, E.M., Monanunsap,S., Ilangakoon, A.D., Junchompoo, C., Adulyanukosol, K. and Morse, L.J. 2013. Behavioral Observations of Coastal Irrawaddy Dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in Trat Province, Eastern Gulf of Thailand. Aquatic Mammals 39(4): 401-408, DOI 10.1578/AM.39.4.2013.401


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.


Hines, E., Reynolds, J., Mignucci-Giannoni, A, Aragones, L., and M. Marmontel.  2012. Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries. University Press of Florida.


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. 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.  Bulletin of Marine Science 87(2).


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. 

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.


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