Duncan McIntosh, PhD F2014


R. Duncan McIntosh joins the department of Marine Affairs as a graduate research assistant and PhD student under Assistant Professor Austin Becker.  Mr. McIntosh will conduct interdisciplinary research in the area of climate adaptation for coastal infrastructure systems with a focus on the development of stakeholder-based risk, vulnerability, and resilience indices for seaports and other coastal-dependent facilities.  Prior to joining URI, Mr. McIntosh worked as a research assistant at the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (Pacific RISA) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his research included a projected sea level assessment and development of decision-support tools for stakeholders of American Samoa, climate change adaptation for freshwater policy in American Samoa, and development of drought monitoring tools for stakeholders in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.   Mr. McIntosh earned his Master of Professional Science in Weather, Climate, & Society from the department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  He earned his B.Sc. in Physics from Vanderbilt University, served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa teaching marine science and developing marine protected areas, worked as the NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow to American Samoa, and single-handedly sailed across the Pacific Ocean.  Mr. McIntosh’s research interests include the science, policy, and management of coastal climate change issues, GIS, and the application of spatial analysis to climate policy. See Duncan’s website at: http://rduncanmcintosh.com/