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Robert Hobbins

Robert Hobbins

PhD Candidate, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

robert.hobbins@asu.edu

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

Titles

  • PhD Candidate, Sustainability, School of Sustainability
  • Research Intern, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network/USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Emeritus, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation

Biography

Robert Hobbins is a Research Intern sponsored by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) in partnership with the Urban Resilience to Extreme Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) at Arizona State University. He is conducting research on urban systems, resilience to extreme weather events, urban knowledge systems and governance, social networks, and environmental stewardship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to supporting the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP) at the IITF, he continues to support the work of major social-ecological research projects that the IITF is involved with: The San Juan Urban Long-Term Research Area (ULTRA) and the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) projects.

Hobbins is a sustainability scientist with a BS in physics, a Master of Education, and an MS in Community Resources & Development - Sustainable Communities. He is also a PhD Candidate at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. For his dissertation, Knowledge System Innovation for Coastal Flood Resilience, he is analyzing several prominent coastal flood mapping systems being used in Southeast Florida (FEMA FIRMs, Eyes on the Rise's Sea Level Rise Toolbox, and The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact) and stress-testing them to identify how we can improve systems like these to work better for decision-makers like homeowners and local governments who are looking to build resilience to future floods.

Prior to his career as a sustainability scientist, he served eight years in the K-12 education sector as a science teacher and school district administrator.  Robert was awarded the 2010 Arizona Teacher of the Year award by former Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona Technology Council.

Research Projects

Spoken Languages:
Spanish (fluent); Turkish (conversational)

Education

  • PhD (anticipated), Sustainability, Arizona State University, 2020
  • MS, Community Resources & Development - Sustainable Communities, Arizona State University, 2016
  • MEd, Secondary Science Education, The Ohio State University, 2008
  • BS, Physics and Astronomy (minor Spanish), The Ohio State University, 2007

Expertise

External Links

Journal Articles

2019

Feagan, M., M. Matsler, S. A. Meerow, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, R. Hobbins, C. Gim and C. A. Miller. 2019. Redesigning knowledge systems for urban resilience. Environmental Science & Policy 101(Nov):358-363. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.07.014. (link )

Rosenzweig, B., B. L. Ruddell, L. McPhillips, R. J. Hobbins, P. T. McPhearson, Z. Cheng, H. Chang and Y. Kim. 2019. Developing knowledge systems for urban resilience to cloudburst rain events. Environmental Science & Policy 99(Sep):150-159. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.05.020. (link )

Posters

2018

Feagan, M., R. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook and C. Welty. 2018. Empowering Communities to Build Sustainable and Equitable Urban Futures through Smart Visualizations and Knowledge Systems. Poster presented at the Third Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R., M. Feagan, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and C. A. Miller. 2018. Anticipating coastal flood risk in a non-stationary climate: A critical analysis of flood risk knowledge systems in Miami. Poster presented at the Third Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2018. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Poster presented at the National Center for Atmospheric Research BRIGHTE GIS Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Visualization Workshop, Boulder, CO.

Hobbins, R., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2018. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Poster presented at the Institute for Social Science Research Poster Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Tandazo Bustamante, F., A. Robles-Morua, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and R. Hobbins. 2018. Análisis de sistemas de conocimiento para evaluar procesos de comunicación entre autoridades de Hermosillo ante eventos climáticos extremos [Knowledge systems analysis to evaluate the communication processes between actors in Hermosillo combating extreme weather events]. Poster presented at the 6th International Symposium of Environmental Biotechnology and Engineering, Cuidad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico.

2017

Davidson, M. J., Y. Kim, M. Berbés-Blázquez, E. M. Cook, R. J. Hobbins, D. M. Iwaniec and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2017. Assessment of SETS strategies for shaping cities' resilience scenarios. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

Hobbins, R. J., L. Charli-Joseph, E. M. Cook, H. Eakin, D. M. Iwaniec, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, B. Orr, P. Pajouhesh, K. Wijsman and M. Feagan. 2017. Problemizing inclusivity within and across the Sustainability Research Network. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

Selkirk, K., C. Gim, E. Friedman, P. Pajouhesh, R. J. Hobbins, E. B. Kennedy, M. Feagan, M. Matsler, A. L. Brawley-Chesworth, M. M. Hinrich, C. A. Miller, T. R. Miller and T. A. Munoz-Erickson. 2017. Knowledge systems analysis and innovation for urban resilience. Poster presented at the 2nd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, New York, NY.

2016

Dzyuban, Y., M. Guardaro, R. J. Hobbins, J. L. Jones and Z. Stein. 2016. Healthy fire station complex. Poster presented at the Institute for Social Science Research Poster Competition, December 2016, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R. J. and G. P. Nyaupane. 2016. Scenario planning for sustainable dark skies: Altering mental models and environmental attitudes through scenario planning. Poster presented at the Institute for Social Science Research Poster Competition, December 2016, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2011

Hobbins, R. J. and G. W. Doppmann. 2011. Benchmarking the evolutionary stages of young stellar objects. Poster presented at the Murdock Trust Annual Research Conference, January 2011, San Diego, CA.

Presentations

2020

Cook, E. M., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Berbés-Blázquez, N. B. Grimm, R. J. Hobbins, D. M. Iwaniec and L. Mannetti. 2020. A SETS approach to understanding social (S) values, visions, and community engagement approaches for urban resilience. Presentation at the Harnessing the Ecological Data Revolution, 2020 ESA Annual Meeting, August 3-6, 2020, Virtual. (link )

2019

Hobbins, R. J., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, M. Feagan, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook, E. E. Gaiser, N. B. Grimm, D. M. Iwaniec, P. Mendez-Lazaro, P. T. McPhearson, C. A. Miller, D. Sauter, T. G. Troxler and C. Welty. 2019. Climate risk visualizations: Tools, users and uses. Presentation at the National Center for Atmospheric Research BRIGHTE GIS Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Visualization Workshop, July 16-18, 2019, Boulder, CO.

Hobbins, R. J., T. A. Munoz-Erickson, S. A. Meerow and C. A. Miller. 2019. Knowledge system innovation for resilient coastal cities. Presentation at the 2019 Transformations Conference, October 16-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile.

Mannetti, L., E. M. Cook, D. M. Iwaniec, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and R. J. Hobbins. 2019. A multimodal approach to framing urban resilience: A Valdivian case study. Presentation at the 2019 Transformations Conference, October 18-19, 2019, Santiago, Chile.

Mannetti, L., D. M. Iwaniec, E. M. Cook, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and R. J. Hobbins. 2019. A multimodal approach to framing urban resilience: A Valdivian case study. Presentation at the 2019 Mexico Conference on Earth Systems Governance, November 6-8, 2019, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Munoz-Erickson, T. A., E. M. Cook, O. Barbosa, M. Feagan, R. J. Hobbins, D. M. Iwaniec, L. Mannetti, C. A. Miller, T. R. Miller and K. Selkirk. 2019. Anticipatory knowledge systems to co-produce transformative visions for urban resilience. Presentation at the 2019 International Transformations Conference, October 16-18, 2019, Santiago, Chile.

Tandazo Bustamante, F., A. Robles-Morua, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and R. J. Hobbins. 2019. Analysis of knowledge systems to assess communication processes with extreme climate events between stakeholders of Hermosillo. Presentation at the Fourteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, July 10-12, 2019, Mexico City, Mexico.

Tandazo Bustamante, F., A. Robles-Morua, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and R. J. Hobbins. 2019. Analysis of knowledge systems to assess communication processes with extreme climate events between stakeholders of Hermosillo. Presentation at the Fourteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, July 2019, Mexico City, Mexico.

2018

Feagan, M., R. J. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. V. Chester, E. M. Cook and C. Welty. 2018. Empowering communities to build sustainable and equitable urban futures through smart visualization and knowledge systems. Presentation at the Third Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R. J., M. Feagan, T. A. Munoz-Erickson and C. A. Miller. 2018. Anticipating coastal flood risk in a nonstationary climate: A critical analysis of flood-risk knowledge systems in Miami. Presentation at the 3rd Annual UREx SRN All Hands Meeting, March 19-21, 2018, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Hobbins, R., T. Munoz-Erickson and C. Miller. 2018. Producing and communicating coastal flood risk and uncertainty in a non-stationary climate: Lessons from New York City and Miami. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 10-14, 2018, New Orleans, LA. (link )

Munoz-Erickson, T. A., E. M. Cook, M. Feagan, R. J. Hobbins, D. M. Iwaniec, C. A. Miller and T. R. Miller. 2018. Designing anticipatory knowledge for resilient and sustainable urban futures. Presentation at the IFoU 2018: Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience, December 10-12, 2018, Barcelona, Spain. (link )

Munoz-Erickson, T., E. Cook, R. Hobbins, M. Johnson, D. Iwaniec and L. Campbell. 2018. Knowledge systems for urban stewardship: Exploring the role of civic knowledge systems in environmental and sustainability governance. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 10-14, 2018, New Orleans, LA. (link )

2017

Hobbins, R. J. 2017. FEMA flood mapping knowledge system. Presentation at the Knowledge System Analysis and Application to Sustainability and Resilience Workshop, March, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hobbins, R. J. 2017. Sustainable astrotourism development: A social-ecological-systems perspective. Presentation at the Sustainable Tourism Development: Issues, Challenges, and Debates Annual Conference, March, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hobbins, R. J. 2017. Transforming flood risk knowledge systems post-Sandy. Presentation at the Knowledge System Analysis and Application to Urban Resilience and Sustainability Workshop, March, University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2016

Azzi, M., B. Campbell, R. J. Hobbins, K. Roberg and G. P. Nyaupane. 2016. Understanding stargazers’ motivations using the travel career pattern approach. Presentation at the LARASA World Leisure Congress, 27-30 June 2016, Durban, South Africa.

Hobbins, R. J. 2016. Artificial light at night and its impact on human health and wildlife. Presentation at the Maricopa Audubon Society Monthly Meeting, December 2016, Scottsdale, AZ.

Hobbins, R. J. 2016. Harnessing the power of the grassroots to reduce light pollution and its environmental impacts worldwide. Presentation at the International Dark Sky Association Annual General Meeting, December 2016, Tucson, AZ.

Hobbins, R. J. 2016. Scenario planning for sustainable dark skies. Presentation at the International Dark Sky Association Annual General Meeting: Harnessing the Power of the Grassroots to Reduce Light Pollution and its Environmental Impacts Worldwide, Tucson, AZ.

Nyaupane, G. P., R. J. Hobbins and B. Campbell. 2016. Understanding environmental behavior based on participation in leisure activities. Presentation at the LARASA World Leisure Congress, 27-30 June 2016, Durban, South Africa.

2014

Ozis, F. and R. J. Hobbins. 2014. Shaping students’ attitudes toward STEM and STEM careers with extracurricular STEM clubs. Presentation at the Leading Change Conference, June, Arizona Department of Education, Tucson, AZ.

2012

Hobbins, R. J. and G. W. Doppmann. 2012. Benchmarking the evolutionary stages of young stellar objects. Presentation at the Murdoch Trust Annual Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Thesis (Masters)

2016

Hobbins, R. J. 2016. Scenario planning for sustainable dark skies: Altering mental models and environmental attitudes through scenario planning. MS thesis. School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University. (link )

Graduate Fellowship, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, 2016

Distinguished Educator Award, Flinn Foundation, 2013

Arizona Governor's Teacher of the Year Award, 2010