Samuel Hanes

Contact Information

Phone: 207.581.1885


Department of Anthropology
South Stevens Hall, Room 236A
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469


Ph.D. Rutgers, 2008
M.A. Rutgers, 2002
B.A. University of Texas, 2000


Sam Hanes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maine. His research focuses on historical geography and human ecology. His current work includes research on the evolution of oyster management in the U.S. and a study on the human dimensions of pollination in the Northeast. Hanes is also part of a team researching the history of aquaculture in Maine.

Hanes’ previous academic appointments include positions as an Instructor and Associate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, English, Marine Science, and the Honors College, all at the University of Maine. He also serves as a graduate and honors thesis advisor. Prior to coming to the University of Maine, Hanes taught at Rutgers University, in their departments of Human Ecology, English, and Geography.

In addition to his research and teaching activities, Hanes served as a session chair for both the 2014 Society for Human Ecology Conference and the 2013 and 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Funding for Hanes’ research has come from the Maine EPSCoR program, the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Science Emerging Opportunities program, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Center for Continuing and Distance Education. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Human Ecology, the Journal of Rural Studies, Ecological Economics, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems and the Journal of Cultural Geography.

Representative Publications

Drummond, F., Collum, K., Hanes, S., Wilson, M., Skinner, J., and Collins, J. 2014. “A Pollination Toolbox for Wild Blueberry Growers.” Maine Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. Orono, ME.

Hanes, S.P., Collum, K.K., Hoshide, A., and Asare, E. 2013. “Grower Perceptions of Native Pollinators and Pollination Strategies in Maine’s Lowbush Blueberry Industry” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 28(4): 1-8.

Hanes, S.P. 2013. “Common Property Mapping and the Preservation of Traditional Rights in Chesapeake Bay’s Oyster Fishery, 1892-1914” Journal of Cultural Geography30(3): 308-327.

Hanes, S.P. 2012. “Assessing Grower Pollination Strategies and Perceptions of Native Pollinators” In Insect Pest Management Experiments on Wild Blueberries in Maine, 2012, Eds. Drummond, F.A., Collins, J.A., and Lund, J. School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine, Orono.