Mark Hines

Mark Hines

Mark Hines is the Acting Dean of the College of Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences.  He previously served for over eight years as the Chair of Biological Sciences.  His formal training was all in microbiology with a B.S. from the Ohio State University, M.S. from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.  He held research and faculty positions at the University of New Hampshire in both the Departments of Microbiology and Earth Sciences before joining the University of Alaska Anchorage as a Professor of Biological Sciences.  He joined UML in 2002. 

Professor Hines has over 40 years experience investigating the microbial biogeochemistry of a variety of habitats including studies of the role of microorganisms in the cycling of elements in sediments, wetlands, and soils in tropical, temperate, and high latitude sites on four continents.  Recent work has focused on the role of high latitude freshwater wetlands in the production of gases and the effects of climate change on altering pathways leading to these gases.  He also has twenty years experience studying the cycling of mercury in habitats throughout the world including the impacts of abandoned mercury mines in the USA and Europe and the impacts of mercury deposition in remote regions such as the Arctic.  Professor Hines has secured over $15M for his research through funds from several agencies, but primarily from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  His two current NSF grants are funding projects in Alaska on greenhouse gases and mercury methylation.