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Auston has joined the EPA as a Life Scientist working on the Implementation of the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario (CAST) tool. Prior to joining the EPA, Auston worked as a grants and project associate, invasive species management specialist, and an assistant land steward for environmental organizations across the Southeast. His work has helped to provide healthier habitats and improved water quality to several jurisdictions that had degraded natural resources.Auston obtained his bachelor’s degree in Urban-Environmental Studies from Birmingham-Southern College and master's degree in Water Resource Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Auston lives in Washington D.C. and in his free time enjoys being near the water, seeing wildlife, backpacking, rock climbing, and skiing.