Dr. Steve Gaines serves as Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). There, he teaches Marine Science and Sustainable Fisheries and conducts research focused on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems.
He previously served as Acting Dean of Science, Acting Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of the UCSB Marine Science Institute. Dr. Gaines also currently serves as a principal investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, which seeks scalable solutions for the world’s fisheries through partnerships among UCSB researchers, industry leaders, NGOs and governments.
From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Gaines held a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. He is the recipient of the inaugural “Marc J. Hershman Excellence in Mentoring Award” from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and the 2014 “Peter Benchley Ocean Award” for contributions in ocean science. In 2008, a paper he co-authored on the innovative “catch shares” management strategy, which can reverse fisheries’ collapse, was designated “top research highlight for the year” by the scholarly journal Nature.
Dr. Gaines received a B.S. from the University of California Irvine and Ph.D. in Ecology from Oregon State University.