Matt Hutchins

Environmental Change Project Lead | Research Scientist
250 Rhoades Tower, CPO 2345

Matt Hutchins is a Research Scientist and Environmental Change Project Lead with UNC Asheville's NEMAC. He has worked for NEMAC for the past 8 years. Matt has worked with federal partners, local and state governments, and communities to support them in making informed decisions on issues related to the impacts from climate change and extreme weather, wildfire, and other environmental threats. Matt combines his knowledge in environmental science, climate change, and decision science with technical skills to create data-driven web applications, develop and facilitate workshops, and to develop other materials that help groups use information to better understand and deal with the challenges they face. Matt specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial databases, web technologies, and vulnerability and risk assessment. Matt holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from UNC Asheville and an M.L.A.S. with a concentration in Climate Change and Society also from UNC Asheville. In his Master's thesis, he developed an assessment framework for understanding climate-related vulnerabilities and to implement climate adaptation activities at the local level.

Before coming to NEMAC, Matt worked as a field and lab technician at the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory near Franklin, NC.

Selected Presentations and Publications

  • Rogers, K., Fox, J., M. Hutchins, N. Hall, 2017: “Moving Toward Resilience: A Structured Resilience Planning Process in Asheville, NC.” Poster presentation at the National Adaptation Forum, St. Paul, MN, May 9–11, 2017.
  • Hutchins, M., Clark, W., Fox, J., Rogers, K. “Using GIS to Support Vulnerability and Risk Analysis in Climate Resilience Planning.” North Carolina GIS Conference, February, 2017.
  • Hutchins, M., Rogers, K., Fox, J. “The Application of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit and its Five Steps to Resilience to Support Municipal Planning.” Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, September, 2016.
  • Fox, J., Hutchins, Dougherty, C., Hall, N. Regional Partnerships Working to Build Resilience: Developing a Process to Determine Vulnerability in the Southeast. National Adaptation Forum. May 12-14, 2015, St. Louis, MO.
  • Morgan, J., Fox, J., Hutchins, M., Frimmel, J., Rogers, K., Dougherty, C. A Web Application and Subscription Service for Landsat Forest Area Change Tools (LandsatFACT). North Carolina GIS Conference. February 27, 2015, Raleigh, NC. 
  • Hutchins, M., Rogers, K., Fox, J., Morgan, J., Phillips, M. Geospatial Tools for Science Delivery and Supporting Forest Management Decisions. North Carolina GIS Conference. February 8, 2013, Raleigh, NC.
  • K. Rogers, M. Hutchins, S. Norman, D. Lee, J. Fox, and C. Dougherty. Planning with Uncertainty: the application of the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT) at multiple geographic and planning scales. 2011 Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Fall Conference. Nov. 15-17, 2011, Asheville, NC.
  • M. Philips, W. Hargrove, J. Spruce, J. Hicks, M. Hutchins, S. Norman, W. Christie, K. Rogers, J. Fox, and C. Dougherty. The U.S. Forest Change Assessment Viewer: Real time monitoring and rapid assessment of forest conditions. 2011 Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Fall Conference. Nov. 15-17, 2011, Asheville, NC. 
  • M. W. Hutchins, B. C. Reynolds, and S. P. Patch. 2011. Prescribed Fire and the Abundance of Soil Microarthropods in Northeast Georgia. The Southeastern Naturalist 10(3): 489-500.
  • T. Pierce, M. Phillips, W. Hargrove, J. Dobson, J. Hicks, M. Hutchins, and K. Lichtenstein. Forests and Phenology:
    Designing the Early Warning System to Understand Forest Change.
    American Geophysical Union 2010 Conference. Dec. 13-17, 2010, San Francisco, CA.
  • M. Hutchins, J. Dobson, J. Fox, and K. Lichtenstein. Stakeholder Engagement and Conducting Climate
    Assessments in Western North Carolina
    . 2010 Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Fall Conference. Nov. 16-18, 2010, Gatlinburg, TN.
  • J. Dobson, J. Fox , K. Lichtenstein, and M. Hutchins. 2010. Engaging Stakeholders for Conducting Regional Climate Assessments. Science and Technology Infusion Climate Bulletin from the 35th NOAA Annual Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop.
  • Bringing phenology datasets into viewers for online mapping. Invited speaker to Mountain Regional GIS Alliance meeting. A-B Tech, Asheville, NC. January 8, 2010.
  • The Power of "what-if" thinking: The Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools Toolset. 2009 SAMAB (Southern Appalachian Man and Biosphere) Conference. Nov. 17, 2009. Asheville, NC.
  • Climate Change as a Forest Threat in WNC: An analysis for understanding, planning, and decision-making at the regional level. Invited speaker to ‘Chocolate Friday’ hosted by UNC Asheville’s NEMAC. UNC Asheville Reuter’s Center. October 24, 2008.