Austin H. BECKER

Austin H. BECKER

Associate Professor of Marine Affairs

About the expert

Dr. Austin Becker is Associate Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island (URI). He holds a joint appointment between the Departments of Marine Affairs and Landscape Architecture. Dr. Becker works across the fields of planning, policy, engineering, design, and climate-change science. Dr. Becker’s teaching and research contributes to untangling complex problems involving uncertainty, consequences climate change, and the resulting challenges in policy and planning, with a focus on stakeholders of coastal infrastructure.

He is a regularly invited speaker at international expert group meetings, as well as numerous conferences in the US. He earned a PhD in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, a Master of Marine Affairs and Master of Environmental Science and Management at URI, and a B.A. at Hampshire College. He maintains a 500-Ton captain’s license for ocean-going vessels.

My work seeks to find ways that ports and their associated communities can jointly develop comprehensive approaches and solutions that reduce climate-related risk in a way that is, sustainable, affordable and just.

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