Joni "Osku" Backstrom

Dr. Joni ‘Osku’ Backstrom, originally from Finland, is a lecturer with the Department of Environmental Sciences at UNCW. His background is broadly in the fields of Environmental, Earth and Ocean sciences. Prior to joining UNCW in 2015, he worked as a marine consultant in England for six years, focusing on a range of industries, including: offshore wind, wave & tidal energy, marine sand & gravel and subsea power cables. He has spent considerable time working offshore, both in Europe and the United States, with a focus on environmental sustainability and marine processes.

He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Ulster (N. Ireland), his M.Sc. in Marine Science from UNCW and his B.Sc. in Geology from Florida Atlantic University. He is married with two children and his hobbies include surfing, travel, camping, winter sports and brewing quality craft beer (when time permits!).