Steven Scyphers, Ph.D.

Senior Marine Scientist I, Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Associate Professor, University of South Alabama; Director, Center for Socio-Environmental Resiliency


Ph.D. 2012, University of South Alabama

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Courses Taught

  • Environment and Society
  • Marine Resource Management
  • Environmental Sociology


Current Funded Projects

  • Collaborative Modeling the Benefits,Consequences, and Trade-offs of Mangroves and Seawalls for Coastal Communities (NOAA Adaptation Sciences)
  • Integrating the Functional Importance of Biodiversity in Management of US Marine Ecosystems (Lenfest Ocean Program)
  • Extending our Reach: a Multi-State Collaborative Approach to Reef Fisheries Extension (Sea Grant)
  • Greater Amberjack Abundance, Distribution, and Movement in U.S. Waters in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (Sea Grant)

Who We Are

Current Graduate Students

  • Sophia Corde - Co-Advised with Dr. Carmichael
  • Sarah Gibbs - Ph.D.
  • Savannah Swinea - Ph.D. Candidate
  • Emerson Woodhall - Ph.D. Students
  • Sarah Limer - MS Student & Research Technologist II
  • Hailey Smith - Research Technologist II



  • Furman, K.L., Harlan, S.L., Barbieri, L. and Scyphers, S.B. Social equity in shore-based fisheries: Identifying and understanding barriers to access. Marine Policy, 148, p.105355.


  • O’Donnell, K.L., Tomiczek, T. and Scyphers, S.B. Resident Perceptions and Parcel-Level Performance Outcomes of Mangroves, Beaches, and Hardened Shorelines After Hurricane Irma in the Lower Florida Keys. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 10, p.734993.
  • Aminpour, Payam, Steven A. Gray, Michael W. Beck, Kelsi L. Furman, Ismini Tsakiri, Rachel K. Gittman, Jonathan H. Grabowski et al. 'Urbanized knowledge syndrome—erosion of diversity and systems thinking in urbanites’ mental models.' npj Urban Sustainability 2, no. 1 (2022): 11.


  • Aminpour, P., S.A. Gray, A. Singer, S.B. Scyphers, A.J. Jetter, R. Jordan, R. Murphy, and J.H. Grabowski. The diversity bonus in pooling local knowledge about complex problems. Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
  • Furman, K., P. Aminpour, S.A. Gray, and S.B. Scyphers. Mental models for assessing social-ecological systems following disasters: a case study contextualizing natural and built shorelines after Hurricane Irma. Marine Policy. Volume 125, 104334.
  • Scyphers, S.B., J.M. Drymon, K.L. Furman, E. Conley, Y. Niwa, A. Jefferson, and G.W. Stunz. Understanding and enhancing angler satisfaction with fisheries management: insights from the “Great Red Snapper Count”. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.


  • Scyphers SB, MW Beck, KL Furman, J Haner, A Keeler, C Landry, KL O’Donnell, BM Webb, JH Grabowski. Designing effective incentives for living shorelines as a habitat conservation strategy along residential coasts. Conservation Letters 13(5), e12744.


  • Scyphers S.B., J.S. Picou, and J.H. Grabowski. Chronic social disruption following a systemic fishery failure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(46): 22912–22914.


  • Scyphers, S.B., J.S. Picou, and S.P. Powers. Participatory conservation of coastal habitats: the importance of understanding homeowner decision making to mitigate cascading shoreline degradation. Conservation Letters 8: 41-49.
  • Scyphers, S.B., S.P. Powers and K.L. Heck, Jr. Ecological value of submerged breakwaters for habitat enhancement on a residential scale. Environmental Management 55:383-390.
  • Scyphers, S.B., T.C. Gouhier, J.H. Grabowski, M.W. Beck, J. Mareska and S.P. Powers. Natural shorelines promote the stability of fish communities in an urbanized coastal system. PLOS One 10(6): e0118580.


  • Scyphers SB, Powers SP, Akins JL, Drymon JM, Martin CW, Schobernd ZH, Schofield PJ, Shipp RL, Theodore TS. The role of citizens in detecting and responding to a rapid marine invasion. Conservation Letters.
  • Scyphers, S. B., J. S. Picou, R. D. Brumbaugh, and S. P. Powers. Integrating societal perspectives and values for improved stewardship of a coastal ecosystem engineer. Ecology and Society 19(3): 38.


  • Scyphers, S.B., F. J. Fodrie, F.J. Hernandez, Jr., S. P. Powers and R. L. Shipp. Venting and reef fish survival: Perceptions and participation rates among recreational anglers in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:1071–1078.
  • Scyphers, S.B. and S.P. Powers. Context-dependent Effects of a Marine Ecosystem Engineer on Predator-prey Interactions. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 491:295-301.
  • Powers SP, Fodrie FJ, Scyphers SB, Drymon JM, Shipp RL, Stunz W. Gulf-wide decreases in the size of large coastal sharks documented by generations of fishermen. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 5(1): 93-102.