Geoff Austin, NCPCP Plant Ecologist
Environmental stewardship has been Geoff Austin's passion since his childhood. He grew up moving back and forth across the country as a child in a military family, experiencing the diverse ecosystems of both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, eventually growing his passion for the natural world. He attended James Madison University getting a B.S. in the Integrated Science and Technology program, with a major in Environmental Studies. He then attended Virginia Commonwealth University in order to pursue an M.S. degree in Environmental Studies. After completing his education, Geoff worked for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, in the Natural Heritage program working to protect several Natural Area Preserves. He eventually attended a law enforcement academy to become a sworn Conservation Officer in Virginia during his time with Natural Heritage, in order to better enable him to protect the resources he was tasked with stewarding. We are now excited to have Geoff as PCP's newest team member. In his free time, Geoff enjoys tinkering with computers and electronics, hunting, fishing, hiking, and backpacking, and is an avid wildlife and landscape photographer.