Sam Hanes

Research Interests
Cultural Geography
Historical Geography
Environmental Anthropology

Research Projects
Engaging Maine Blueberry Growers to Develop Tools
for Native Bee Use and Conservation


  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Ph.D. (Geography)
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, M.A. (Geography)
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. (Geography)

ANT 240: Cultural Perceptions of Nature
ANT 290: Transforming the Global Environment
ANT 464: Ecological Anthropology
ANT 490: Anthropology and Agricultural Policy
GEO 100: World Geography
GEO 210: Geography of Maine
GEO 320: Geography of Climate Change


Sam Hanes is an associate 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.

Selected Publications

S.P. Hanes and K.K. Collum. “Knowledge Requirements for Native Pollinator Use and Conservation” Human Ecology (in preparation).

Thompson, T. Johnson, and S.P. Hanes. “Vulnerability, Resilience and Gentrification in Coastal Fishing Communities” Journal of Rural Studies (in preparation).

S.P. Hanes and T. Waring. “Collective Action in the History of Maine’s Blueberry Industry and Implications for Pollinator Conservation: A Cultural Multi-Level Selection Perspective” International Journal of the Commons (under review).

A.K. Hoshide, F.A. Drummond, S.P. Hanes, M.M. Sylvia, C.S. Loftin, D.E. Yarborough, and A.L. Averill. “Value of Rented Honey Bee and Native Pollination for Two Native American Crops: Wild Blueberries and Cranberries” Ecological Economics (under review).

S.P. Hanes, K.K. Collum, A. Hoshide, and E. Asare. “Grower Perceptions of Native Pollinators and Pollination Strategies in Maine’s Lowbush Blueberry Industry” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 28, no. 4 (2013): 1-8.

S.P. Hanes. “Common Property Mapping and the Preservation of Traditional Rights in Chesapeake Bay’s Oyster Fishery, 1892-1914” Journal of Cultural Geography 30, no. 3 (2013): 308-327.

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

S.P. Hanes. “Assessing Pollination Strategies and Perceptions of Native Pollinators” in Insect Pest Management Experiments on Wild Blueberries in Maine, eds. F.A. Drummond, J.A. Collins, and J. Lund (School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine, Orono, 2014).