Austin is a Scientific Aid with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. He received his BS in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Humboldt State University in 2012. His past research interests include understanding the distribution and relationship of vole (Microtus spp.) parasites, understanding environmental and demographic factors in relation to woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes) parasites, and general small mammal ecology. Currently, Austin is engaged in studying the relationship between predators and the persistence of the Amargosa vole (Microtus californicus scirpensis), researching the diversity of Borrelia spp. in California, conducting fecal DNA analysis, and is involved in the overall management of the Amargosa vole.