Kyle Hinson

Ph.D. Student

Email: [[v|kehinson]]
Phone: (804) 684-7739
Office: Andrews Hall 323
Department: Biological Sciences
Advisor: Marjy Friedrichs


B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014

Research Interests

I am currently studying how past and future impacts of climate change are connected to Chesapeake Bay water quality. Specifically, my work in the BioCOM lab uses scientific models to simulate how dissolved oxygen will respond to increasing temperatures, sea level rise, and changes in watershed runoff. By evaluating a range of climate change scenarios, we can assess how temperature, precipitation, winds, and other variables can produce large-scale impacts on future Bay oxygen levels. This work has direct management implications for Chesapeake Bay stakeholders and nutrient reduction targets. Our modeling projections help provide insights into key climate change stressors that will exacerbate hypoxia in the future, and additional efforts necessary to make the Bay more resilient in the 21st century.

Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Hinson, K.E., Friedrichs, M.A.M., St-Laurent, P., Da, F., & Najjar, R.G. (2021). Extent and causes of Chesapeake Bay warming. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 1-21,
Other Publications
  • Da, F., Friedrichs, M.A.M., St-Laurent, P., Shadwick, E.H., Najjar, R.G., & Hinson, K.E. (2021). Mechanisms driving decadal changes in the carbonate system of a coastal plain estuary. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126, e2021JC017239, Open Access.
  • Campbell, P.J., Bash, J.O., Nolte, C., Spero, T.L., Cooter, E.J., Hinson, K.E., & Linker, L.C. (2019) Projections of atmospheric nitrogen deposition to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 124(11), 3307-3326.
  • Irby, I. D., Friedrichs, M. A. M., Da, F., & Hinson, K. E. (2018). The competing impacts of climate change and nutrient reductions on dissolved oxygen in Chesapeake Bay. Biogeosciences, 15(9), 2649-2668.
  • Wang, P., Linker, L., Wang, H., Bhatt, G., Yactayo, G., Hinson, K.E., & Tian, R. (2017). Assessing water quality of the Chesapeake Bay by the impact of sea level rise and warming. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 82.
  • Wang, P., Wang, H., Linker, L., & Hinson, K.E. (2016). Influence of wind strength and duration on relative hypoxia reductions by opposite wind directions in an estuary with an asymmetric channel. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 4(3), 62-85.
Synergistic Service Activities

Peer Reviewer: Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Limnology and Oceanography, Progress in Oceanography

USEPA Chesapeake Bay Program: Modeling Workgroup Member, Integrated Trends Analysis Team Member

Media Outreach

The Virginian-Pilot: How the Chesapeake Bay is warming - and what it means for us, according to new research

WTOP News: 'Rapid and concerning': Chesapeake Bay is getting warmer, researchers say

Bay Journal: Chesapeake warming faster than ocean surface, study shows