Austin Sonnier

Staff Research Associate


Austin has been with the Climate Hazards Center since March 2019. He loves to use environmental problem-solving as a tool to improve the livelihoods of those most at risk of hydroclimatic threats like droughts or floods. In particular, he works to improve drought early warning forecasting tools and data sets for famine-susceptible countries. 
Austin graduated from UCSB in 2020 with a B.S. in Physical Geography. When he is not at the Climate Hazards Center, he can be found surfing, sailing, spearfishing, and scuba diving. His favorite animals are the Channel Island fox and the California sea otter.