- Sea level rise impacts, mitigation, and adaptation
- Climate change equity and justice
- Coastal morphology
Austin is beginning his SIO dissertation work on coastal impacts of sea level rise in Fall 2020. He most recently worked as a geospatial analyst with the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa's Coastal Geology Group on forecasting coastal erosion hazard zones due to sea level rise for Maui County. Previous research includes using terrestrial LiDAR to investigate changes in coastal morphology during large swell events in Hawai‘i. Austin also worked for 5 years as a STEM workforce development and education program manager, focusing on equity and inclusive practices in STEM higher education both nationally and specifically within his home state of Hawai‘i with the Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators at UC Santa Cruz.