- Ph.D., Biology, University of Notre Dame, 2013
- B.S., Environmental Science, Western Washington University, 2003
- American Fisheries Society, member since 2013
- Ecological Society of America, member since 2011
Dr. Deines is a quantitative ecosystem and fishery scientist with more than 15 years of experience. He uses multiple data analytic techniques to glean environmental insight from large and convoluted data sources and population simulations.
Dr. Deines specializes in data-limited problems requiring integration of disparate data sets to address knowledge gaps common to environmental impact and risk assessment. Dr. Deines has particular expertise in determining the relationship between populations and drivers of environmental changes such as river flow alterations, temperature change, oil spills and other chemical releases, pharmaceuticals, and invasive species.
Dr. Deines' experience includes environmental economic dimensions that consider the value of ecosystem goods and services, as well as ecosystem service function models and metrics used in ecosystem accounting. In particular, he has developed a bio-economic framework to assess the potential environmental and economic benefits, or drawbacks, of harvesting invasive species for food and other uses.
Dr. Deines' expertise also includes the application of environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques for the detection of supply chain contamination and identification of target species and communities such as rare or invasive species in aquatic systems.. He has specifically used DNA analyses to examine the genetic impact of invasive species to native populations and the potential impact to commercially important fisheries and collaborates closely with Exponent's team of population and landscape genetic experts.
He has conducted international field work in the US, Africa, and Australia, working on multidisciplinary research teams of geneticists, social scientists, economists, and natural resource managers.