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Brian Szuster

Associate Professor

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Office: Saunders 413
Phone: (808) 956-7345
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Ph.D., Geography, University of Victoria (2001)
M.A., Geography, Simon Fraser University (1992)
B.Sc. (honors), Geography, University of Alberta (1986)

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Research interests 

I am interested in a wide range of environmental research including: coastal planning and management, environmental impact assessment and marine recreation. I have studies on-going both in Hawai‘i and at Burapha University in eastern Thailand.

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Professional Experience

I have acted as a consulting environmental planner and project manager on numerous public and private sector projects in Hawai‘i, Canada and Southeast Asia. This includes: environmental impact assessments, natural resource management studies, strategic planning initiatives, and resource development evaluations.



Szuster, B., C.T. Hoanh, K.S. Pheng, A. Ismail and A. Noble. (in press). Community, Environment and Food Production at the Land-Water Interface. CABI Press

Szuster, B.W., K. Chalermwat, M. Flaherty and P. Intacharoen. (in press). Peri-Urban Oyster Farming in the Upper Gulf of Thailand. Aquaculture Economics and Management.

McLeod, L., B.W. Szuster and R. Salm. (submitted for review). Sasi and Marine Protected Area Management in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Ambio.

Szuster, B.W., Steckler, C. and B. Kullavanijaya. (2008). Detecting and Managing Coastal Fisheries and Aquaculture Gear Using Satellite Radar Imagery. Coastal Management Journal 36 (3), pp. 318-329.

Szuster, B.W. (2006). Coastal Shrimp Farming in Thailand: Searching for Sustainability. In: Environment and Livelihoods in Tropical Coastal Zones: Managing Agriculture - Fishery - Aquaculture Conflicts. Hoanh, C.T., T.P. Tuong, J.W. Gowing and B. Hardy (eds.). Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Series, No. 2. July 2006. Oxfordshire, UK: CABI Publishing. 336 pp.

Szuster, B.W. (2006). A Review of Shrimp Farming in Central Thailand and its Environmental Implications. In: Shrimp Culture: Economics, Markets, and Trade. P.S. Leung and C. Engle (eds.). Ames, Iowa: Blackwell Publishing.

Szuster, B.W. and G. Ghen. (2006). Hawai‘i Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan. Honolulu: State of Hawai‘i Office of Planning, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, pp. 47.

Szuster, B.W., and M. Flaherty (2005). Women Oyster Vendors in Eastern Thailand. Aquaculture Asia 10(1), pp. 21-24.

Szuster, B.W., F. Molle, M. Flaherty and T. Srijantr. (2003). Socio-Economic and Environmental Implications of Inland Shrimp Farming in the Chao Phraya Delta. In: Perspectives on Social and Agricultural Change in the Chao Phraya Delta. F. Molle and T. Srijantr (eds.). White Lotus Press. Bangkok, Thailand.

Chalermwat, K., B. Szuster, and M. Flaherty (2003). Shellfish Aquaculture in Thailand. Aquaculture Economics and Management 7 (3/4), pp. 249 - 261.

Szuster, B.W., and M. Flaherty (2002). Cumulative Environmental Effects of Low Salinity Shrimp Farming in Thailand. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 20 (2), pp. 189-200.

Szuster, B.W., and M. Flaherty (2002). Szuster, B.W., and M. Flaherty (2002). A Regional Approach to Assessing Organic Waste Production by Low Salinity Shrimp Farms. Aquaculture Asia 7(2), pp. 48-52.

Flaherty, M., B.W. Szuster and P. Miller. (2000)."Low Salinity Shrimp Farming in Thailand. Ambio 29 (3), pp. 174-179.

Miller, P., M. Flaherty, and B.W. Szuster (1999). Inland Shrimp Farming in Thailand. Aquaculture Asia. 4(1), pp. 27-32.

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