Austin Humphries

  • Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Phone: 401.874.9839
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  • Office Location: 120 Flagg Road
    Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Rm 187
    Kingston, RI 02881
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My research is at the interface of people and the environment. Primary interests include the linked ecological and social dynamics that both drive and result from fisheries management and climate change. By understanding these mechanisms and their sources, my research is able to then test solutions that aim to work for both people and nature. These projects often include a large field data collection component that has both underwater surveys of fishes as well as fisheries catches and interviews with fishers and households. With these data, I use a variety of multivariate statistical tools and design simulation models to better understand interactions between the environment, fishes, habitats, and coastal communities. I take a holistic ‘eco-anthropological approach’ to my research that is centered on collaborative learning experiences with colleagues, students, and fishers. For more information, please see the Humphries Lab website at