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Charles Hawkins

Charles Hawkins

Watershed Sciences


Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 162D - By appointment
IconPhone: (435) 797-2280

Educational Background

PhD, Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1982
MA, Biology, California State University, Sacramento, California, 1975
BA, Biology, California State University, Sacramento, California, 1973


Freshwater ecology, patterns of biodiversity, science communication


Dr. Hawkin's research focuses on understanding the processes that determine patterns of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems, the effects of environmental alteration on freshwater ecosystems, how to best apply that understanding to ecological assessment and monitoring. He is specifically interested in understanding and predicting how climate, geology, geomorphology, and hydrology interact to influence biodiversity at different spatial scales. By understanding natural patterns of biodiversity, we can more accurately assess if atmospheric, watershed, or waterway alterations have compromised the ecological condition and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems. Dr. Hawkin's research is highly interdisciplinary, and he collaborates with climate scientists, hydrologists, geologists, geomorphologists, and modelers within the Department of Watershed Sciences, across other departments at Utah State University, and at other universities and federal research labs. His lab also supports the Western Center for Monitorying and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems, whose primary mission is to aid state and federal agencies develop and implement scientifically sound methods for monitoring and assessing the condition of aquatic resources.