Austin J. Shelton III

Austin J. Shelton III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Extension & Outreach / Director, Center for Island Sustainability and UOG Sea Grant

location  Office Location:  UOG Sea Grant Office, Dean's Circle, House #25
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.S., Marine Biology, Hawaii Pacific University
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Dr. Austin Shelton joined the faculty of the University of Guam (UOG) in 2016 as an assistant professor of extension and outreach. He later received appointments to concurrently serve as the director of the UOG Center for Island Sustainability and UOG Sea Grant. Shelton is an Obama Leader Asia Pacific, a Micronesia Conservation Coalition Tide Changer Educator, and one of 50 Under 40: Emerging Leaders in the Government of Guam. Shelton locally advances the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Together with the Office of the Governor of Guam, he co-chairs Guam Green Growth (G3), the island’s most comprehensive action plan ever created to achieve a sustainable future.

Shelton grew up on the shore of Guam observing environmental degradation and was inspired to become a marine and environmental scientist. Shelton now conducts research to revive island ecosystems and builds STEM capacity in Pacific Islander communities through the coordination of student research experiences and science fairs. Shelton oversees a portfolio of grants from Sea Grant (NOAA), National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR, NSF INCLUDES, Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hawaii-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, and the Northern and Southern Guam Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Shelton collaborates regionally and internationally as a trustee of the Micronesia Conservation Trust; co-chair of the U.S. Climate Strong Islands Network; steering committee member of the U.N. Local2030 Islands Network; and representative to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, and National Sea Grant Association. Locally, he is an appointed member of the Governor of Guam’s Climate Change Resiliency Commission, Aquacultural Task Force, and Islandwide Beautification Task Force; member of the Guam Legislature’s Council on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience; and Vice President of the Guam Science and Discovery Society.