Benjamin F. Hobbs

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Hobbs directs the JHU Environment, Energy, Sustainability & Health Institute (E2SHI). Dr. Hobbs's research focuses on environmental and energy systems analysis and economics; multi-objective and risk analysis; ecosystem management, including ecosystem restoration; nonpoint pollution management and risk analysis; mathematical programming models of energy markets and planning; and stochastic electric power planning models. In 2010, Dr. Hobbs was granted the Economic & Social Research Council/Social Science Research Council (UK) Collaborative Visiting Fellowship, was a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College (Cambridge, UK), and became a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research & Management Science.  He has funded projects on green infrastructure-based stormwater management in Philadelphia; management of the Huanghe (Yellow) River Delta in China; and reduction of non-point sources of sediment in the Minnesota River.

Selected Publications:

  • Zheng, P.Q., Hobbs, B.F. (2012). A Multiobjective Portfolio Analysis of Dam Removals Addressing Dam Safety, Fish Populations, and Cost. J. Water Resources Planning & Management. 139(1). 65-75.
  • Kenney, M.A., Hobbs, B.F., Mohrig, D., Huang, H., Nittrouer, J.A., Kim, W., Parker, G. (2012). Cost Analysis of Water and Sediment Diversions to Optimize Land Building in the Mississippi River Delta. Water Resources Research.
  • Kenney, M.A., Wilcock, P.R., Hobbs, B.F., Flores, N.E., Martínez, D.C. (2012). Is Urban Stream Restoration Worth It?. Journal American Water Resources Association. 48(3). 603-615.
  • Jacobi, S.K., Hobbs, B.H., Wilcock, P.R. (2012). A Bayesian Framework for Cost-Effective Sediment Reduction in Agricultural Watersheds: Framework and Application to the Minnesota River Basin. J. Water Resources Planning & Management (ASCE), accepted.

Regional Experience:

Europe (UK, Netherlands), West Africa (Liberia)

Research Tools:

Modeling:  Optimization, decision analysis, simulation, economics, watershed; Statistical Analysis; Social Science; Languages and fluency level: French (some ability)

Themes Categories:

Water and Health
Water in the Environment
Water and Agriculture
Water and Energy
Water Infrastructure

People Categories:

Steering Committee
NSF IGERT Participant


Planning, economics, systems analysis, risk analysis, energy