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Christopher Hawkins

Ph.D. Student and Research Assistant

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Department of Natural Resources Conservation
314 Holdsworth Natural Resource Center
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9285
(413)545-3749
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University of Massachusetts Faculty Advisor
Dave K. Loomis
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Degree Program/Expected Graduation
Ph.D. (2009)
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Research Interests
Social governance, stakeholder conflicts, attributions of responsibility, coastal use allocations, fairness in decision-making, public participation
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Dissertation Title
Coastal Management Stakeholders' Attributions of Responsibility: An Extension of Attribution Theory and a Measure of Resource Conflict
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Recent Research
  • A comparison of the enabling legislation and the final management plan for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – understanding human dimensions needs
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  • The human dimensions of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve (a NOAA integrated assessment)
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  • Florida Reef Resilience Program
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  • Human Dimensions of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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  • A descriptive and theoretical understanding of marine park users: the National Park Service
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  • Re-examining a theoretical basis for a recreation specialization index: anglers, divers and snorkelers.
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  • Zuma Creek Restoration Social Impacts Monitoring Project
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    Publications
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  • Hawkins, C, Loomis, D.K., and R.J. Salz. In press. A replication of the interval validity and reliability of a multivariable index to measure recreation specialization. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
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  • Loomis, D.K. and C. Hawkins. In review. Managing Coastal Resources for Public Values: Complex Thinking and a New Management Paradigm. Coastal Management Journal.
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  • Hawkins, C. and D.K. Loomis 2008. Towards an Interdisciplinary Coastal Management Agenda: Human Dimensions offers Coastal Managers Valuable Tools. The Coastal Society Quarterly Bulletin, 30 (1).
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  • O’Connor, M., Hawkins, C. and D.K. Loomis 2008. A manual of previously recorded non-indigenous invasive and native transplanted animal species of the Laurentian Great Lakes and coastal United States, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 77.
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  • Loomis, D.K. and C. Hawkins. In review. Balance and integration in the management of coastal resources: Does the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary management framework adequately reflect the range of values found in its enabling statues? NOAA Technical Memorandum Series.
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  • Hawkins, C. and D.K. Loomis 2007. Disconnects between enabling legislation and management planning. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeast Recreation Research Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS–P – 14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 613 p.
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  • American Samoa Section Coordinator in: Puglise, K.A. and R. Kelty (eds.). 2007. NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Research Plan for Fiscal Years 2007 to 2011. Silver Spring, MD: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP 1. 128 pp.
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  • Hawkins, C. 2006. An integrated research strategy to assist management responses to climate change – American Samoa (Case Study 9). In: A Reef Managers Guide to Coral Bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, Australia.
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  • Craig P, DiDonato G, Fenner D, Hawkins C. 2005. The state of coral reef ecosystems of American Samoa. In: The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service, Silver Spring, MD.
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  • Kelty R. and Jason Kuartei (Eds.) Authors: Tony Abraham, Maria Beger, Dave Burdick, Erica Cochrane, Peter Craig, Guy Didonato, Doug Fenner, Alison Green, Yimnang Golbuu, Jay Gutierrez, Mike Hasurmai, Christopher Hawkins, Peter Houk, David Idip, Dean Jacobson, Eugene Joseph, Terry Keju, Jason Kuartei, Steve Palik, Lolita Penland, Silvia Pinca, Kerat Rikim, John Starmer, Michael Trianni, Steven Victor and Leslie Whaylen. Status Of The Coral Reefs In Micronesia and American Samoa. In Wilkinson, C. (Ed) 2004. Status of Coral Reefs of the World 2004. AIMS, Townsville, Australia
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  • Braun K, Hawkins C. 2004. Dangerous Marine Organisms of American Samoa. American Samoa Community College. Pago Pago, AS. 21 pgs.
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    Presentations
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  • 2008. Resilience Decision-making: The Necessity of an Integrated Coral Reef Research Agenda. Presented at the International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, July 8, 2008.
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  • 2008. The Use of Procedural Justice as a Means to Enhance Social Equity in Coastal Decision-making. Presented at The Coastal Society Conference, Redondo Beach, CA, July 2, 2008.
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  • 2008. Reef Users’ Evaluations of Florida Keys’ Reef Conditions and Trends: Calibrating Expert Opinions with Public Perceptions. Presented at The Coastal Society Conference, Redondo Beach, CA, July 2, 2008.
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  • 2008. Responsive Coastal Management: Incorporating a Broader Range of Social Values. Presented at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, June 14, 2008.
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  • 2008. Attributions of Ecological Damage on Florida Keys Reefs as Indicators of Stakeholder Conflict. Presented at the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Lake George, NY, March 31, 2008.
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  • 2008. Understanding Recreation Satisfaction and Perceptions of Ecological Health: A Study of Florida Keys SCUBA Divers (poster presentation). Presented at the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Lake George, NY, March 30, 2008.
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  • 2007. From Coasts to Classrooms: Current Management Thinking Limits our Approach to Educating 21st Century Coastal Resource Professionals. Presented at the Coastal Connections Symposium, Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Antioch University New England, November 3, 2007.
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  • 2007. Evaluating the Social Effects of Marine Area Closures: Understanding the Factors that Contribute to Resource Use and Non-use. Presented at the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Lake George, NY, April 16, 2007.
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  • 2006. Disconnects between Enabling Legislation and Management Plans: A Case Study of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Presented at The Coastal Society Conference, St. Pete Beach, Florida, May 15, 2006.
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  • 2006. Contemporary Resource Management: The Disconnect between Enabling Legislation and Management Plans. Presented at the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium, Lake George, NY, April 10, 2006.
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  • 2004. Marine resource management challenges in traditional societies: managing and conserving resources at the community level. 10th International Coral Reef Symposium, 28 June – 2 July, 2004, Okinawa, Japan. (presented by co-authors).
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    Awards
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  • Recipient of a four-year academic stipend in the Human Dimensions of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Program to study the social components of coastal resource management.
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  • Awarded the (departmental) Paula Milner Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, 2007 & 2008.
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  • Awarded the (national) Ronald L. Schmied Scholarship to attend the 2007 Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
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  • Awarded the 2007 New England Outdoor Writers Association Scholarship.
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