Austin Rizzo, Ph.D.


Austin Rizzo is an Associate located in Midcoast Maine. Dr. Rizzo has expertise in environmental policy and NEPA compliance, habitat management planning, Marine Monument planning, inventory and monitoring planning, and statistical and geospatial analysis.

Prior to joining The Clark Group, she worked as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist – Natural Resources Planner for National Wildlife Refuges – within the Fish and Wildlife Service. During her time with the Service, Dr. Rizzo assisted refuge staff in the development of planning documents (Habitat Management Plans, Inventory and Monitoring Plans, Hunt and Fish Plans), NEPA documents, compatibility determinations, and responding to refuge inquires and requests for technical assistance.

Dr. Rizzo earned her PhD in Fisheries Biology from West Virginia University, her Master’s in Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Cornell University. The research she conducted during her master’s and PhD degrees focused largely on stream and riverine fish species, their habitat, population estimates, and factors influencing movement, occupancy, and detection. Austin lives along the coast of Maine with her partner and her pup, and they love adventuring in the nearby salt marsh, coastal islands, and the many beautiful Maine lakes.