• Acting Director, Ecological Planning Center, City & Metropolitan Planning
  • Research Assistant Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning

Research Keywords

  • urban ecology
  • Water Resources, Management or Planning
  • Resilience and resiliency
  • Regional or Urban Design
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Environmental sustainability

Research Groups

  • Metro Water Lab, Research Professor. City and Metropolitan Planning. 04/2013 - present.


  • “Landscape Lab: Merging Science and Design for a Landscape of Learning”, with Laura Bandara and Brenda Bowen, at the Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium, November 2016. Presentation, Presented, 11/09/2016.
  • “Public Support for Open Space Planning in the US” at Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning annual conference, Portland, OR. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/04/2016.
  • “City Comforts: the Livable Urban Village and the Salt Lake Valley” Panel Presentation, USGBC Utah Sustainability Summit. Presentation, Presented, 10/21/2016.
  • “Bioretention in Arid Climates”, with Christine Pomeroy, at American Public Works Association, Utah chapter symposium. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/12/2016.
  • “Models in Scenario Planning” at the Dialogue on Collaboration forum, UofU Environmental Dispute Resolution Program. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/15/2016.
  • “Landscape Lab: Merging Science and Design for a Landscape of Learning” at the Spring Runoff Conference, Utah State University. Conference Paper, Presented, 04/06/2016.
  • “Creating Faculty-Driven Catalysts for Sustainable Collaborations”, a2RU webinar. Other, Presented, 02/26/2016.
  • Uncertainty in Water Quality and Quantity in the Jordan River. Presentation, Presented, 11/19/2015.
  • UU Senate/Hinckley Panel on Investing/Divesting for a Sustainable Future. Other, Presented, 04/13/2015.
  • “Weaving the Green and Blue” Mayor’s Symposium: The Green-Blue City. Presentation, Presented, 04/01/2015.
  • Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Annual Symposium. Conference Paper, Presented, 03/12/2015.
  • “Water Flows Through the City” Salt Lake County Watershed Symposium. Presentation, Presented, 11/20/2014.
  • “Ecological Planning for Human Habitat on a Crowded Planet” at the Research Administration NAKAMA series (invited), University of Utah, July 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2014.
  • “Science and Place: Finding oneself in an interdisciplinary landscape” at Graduate and Advanced Ladies in Science (GALS) seminar (invited), University of Utah, March 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2014.
  • “Bringing the Mountains to the Valley: the role of nature in our city” with Diane Pataki, at the Mayor’s Symposium (invited), Salt Lake City, February 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2014.
  • “Ecological Planning for Human Habitat on a Crowded Planet” in the Global Change and Sustainability Center seminar series (invited), University of Utah, January 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/2014.
  • “Envision Tomorrow Plus” at Wasatch Choice for 2040 trainings in Provo, Ogden, Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah, November and December 2013. Presentation, Presented, 12/2013.
  • "Envision Tomorrow Plus" at Wasatch Choice for 2040 regional consortium meeting. Presentation, Presented, 05/2013.
  • "Envision Tomorrow Plus: Scenario Planning for the 21st Century" at the American Society of Public Administrators. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2012.
  • "Envision Tomorrow Plus" at Utah League of Cities and Towns annual conference. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2012.
  • Incorporating Ecosystem Services into an Urban Scenario Planning Package. Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. Presentation, Presented, 08/2012.

Software Titles

  • Envision Tomorrow Plus (ET+). urban scenario planning. Release Date: 06/2013. Inventors: Fregonese Associates, Metropolitan Research Center.


  • Hinners, S.J. 2016. The Cosmopolitan Ecology of Suburbia, in Infinite Suburbia, A. Berger and J. Kotkin, eds. Cambridge: MIT Press. In press, 02/27/2017.
  • Hale, R.L., A. Armstrong, M.A. Baker, S. Bedingfield, D. Betts, C. Buahin, M. Buchert, T.Crowl, R.R. Dupont, J. Ehleringer, J. Endter-Wada, C. Flint, J. Grant, S.J. Hinners, J.S.Horsburgh, D. Jackson-Smith, A.S. Jones, C. Licon, S.E. Null, A. Odame, D.E. Pataki, D. Rosenberg, M. Runburg, P. Stoker, C. Strong. iSAW: Integrating Structure, Actors, and Water to study socio-hydro-ecological systems. Earth's Future 3(3):110-132. Published, 03/26/2015.
  • Hinners, S.J., C.A. Kearns and C.A. Wessman. 2012. Roles of scale, matrix and native habitat in supporting a diverse suburban pollinator assemblage. Ecological Applications 22(7): 1923-1935. Published, 10/2012.