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AUSTIN HUMPHRIES

Assistant Professor

I am interested in ecological and social outcomes that arise from fisheries and coastal management, including aquaculture. I conduct field and lab experiments as well as engage in socioeconomic interviews, perform synthetic statistical analyses, and design simulation models to understand these coupled interactions. My group and I study these problems using a holistic ecosystem approach, where we consider habitat and species interactions along with human dimensions. We work in a variety of coastal marine ecosystems and are motivated to find ecologically and socially appropriate solutions rooted in sustainability principles. 

I currently hold a joint appointment at URI with the College of Environment and Life Sciences and the Graduate School of Oceanography. Before starting at URI in 2015, I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the US Environmental Protection Agency. I finished my PhD at Rhodes University (South Africa) in 2014 where my research was based in Kenya and in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society. I earned a MS degree at Louisiana State University, and a BS degree at the University of Vermont. I grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia and I enjoy fishing, surfing, camping, and tinkering in the garage.