Steven Scyphers

Assistant Professor
Location: MSC (Marine Science Center), Nahant, MA 01908

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Coastal Development, Conservation, Fisheries, Social-Ecological Systems, Sustainability Science

Publications

About

Research in my lab focuses on understanding and enhancing the sustainability of coastal ecosystems and societies. We are particularly interested in tackling issues related to resource management, shoreline development, and urbanization. Most of our current projects involve: 1) coastlines as coupled coupled social-ecological systems, 2) participatory conservation and management of…

Research in my lab focuses on understanding and enhancing the sustainability of coastal ecosystems and societies. We are particularly interested in tackling issues related to resource management, shoreline development, and urbanization. Most of our current projects involve: 1) coastlines as coupled coupled social-ecological systems, 2) participatory conservation and management of ecosystems, and 3) social outcomes of environmental management.

Embracing a social-ecological systems perspective, our research typically involves coupling social science survey or interview methodologies (e.g., stated preference surveys, choice experiments, fuzzy-logic cognitive mapping) with biophysical and ecological data, and increasingly geospatial analyses and scenario modeling. We routinely collaborate with diverse teams of natural and social scientists, engineers, practitioners, and stakeholders.

Assistant Professor Scyphers in the news

Men in a room talking

Northeastern co-hosts Capitol Hill briefing on coastal sustainability

A panel of stakeholders, including U.S. congressmen and university researchers, discussed the threats facing coastal communities and the best practices for keeping them secure.