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Robert Hobbins

Robert Hobbins

Graduate Research Fellow, Emeritus, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

robert.hobbins@asu.edu

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

Titles

  • PhD Student, Sustainability, School of Sustainability
  • Graduate Research Fellow, Emeritus, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Biography

Robert is a Graduate Fellow for the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) and PhD student in sustainability at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Robert holds a BS in Physics, a Master of Education, and a MS in Community Resources & Development - Sustainable Communities. Robert is studying how networks of organizations create, communicate, and use knowledge about future climate (specifically sea leve rise (SLR) and storm surges) in climate change adaptation and resilience efforts in coastal cities throughout the US and Caribbean. He is interested in how these knowledge systems transform over time in the effort to better anticipate and plan for a future with the possibility of higher sea levels, and more frequent and intense storms. Robert is also identifying characteristics of urban knowledge systems and innovative practices and routines that organizations employ or could employ to better prepare for unanticipated and unprecedented storms and SLR given high levels of uncertainty in climate change scenarios and a non-stationary climate.

Robert also has studied artificial night lighting and its impacts on urban social-ecological-technical systems. He has worked with diverse stakeholders across Arizona to create strategies for preserving Arizona’s pristine night skies and to mitigate the effects of light pollution on social-ecological-technological systems. As Director of the International Dark Sky Association’s Phoenix Chapter, he is engaged in education, advocacy and community outreach regarding light pollution. 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.

Research Projects

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

Education

  • 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

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Posters

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

2018

Feagan, M., R. J. Hobbins, T. A. Munoz-Erickson, N. B. Grimm, M. 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., 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.

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