Austin Becker is Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island. His teaching and research on sustainable design, port planning and policy, GIS, and climate policy contribute to the untangling of complex planning and policy problems involving uncertainty, mismatched incentive structures, and climate change. He uses urban coastal areas, and seaports in particular, as a lens through which to study tools that enhance stakeholder participation in long-term planning. He is a regularly invited speaker at international expert group meetings, as well as numerous conferences in the US. He earned his PhD in Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. He earned a Master of Marine Affairs and Master of Environmental Science and Management at URI, and a BA at Hampshire College. He maintains a US Coast Guard 500-ton captain’s license for ocean-going vessels.