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About Charles P. Hawkins

My lab 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. We are 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. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, and we collaborate 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. My lab also supports the Western Center for Monitoring 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.


Present Professor of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University Quinney College of Natural Resources, Watershed Sciences

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2011 Faculty of 1000 (Ecology/Marine & Freshwater Ecology)(
  • 2011 Utah State University Department Teaching Excellence Award (team award)
  • 2009 US Environmental Protection Agency, Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (Ecological Assessment)
  • 2006 Researcher of the Year - College of Natural Resources, Utah State University.
  • 2005 Service Recognition – USEPA Science Advisory Board (2001-2005)
  • 2005 Graduate Student Mentor of the Year (Department of Aquatic, Watershed, and Earth Resources)
  • 1999 Graduate Student Mentor of the Year (Department of Fisheries and Wildlife)


1982 Ph.D, Oregon State University ‐ Entomology
1975 M.A., California State University, Sacramento ‐ Biology
1973 B.A., California State University, Sacramento ‐ Biology

Recent Works (3)

Refereed Journal Articles (82)