LAFF Program Director
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Steve Gaines is Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research explores the design of marine reserve networks, climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems, and more sustainable fisheries management using market-based reforms. He has received numerous awards, including a Pew Fellowship, the inaugural Marc Hirshman Award for excellence in student mentoring, election to the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Peter Benchley Prize for Ocean Science. He has 190 publications, including four books, and his collaborative work on sustainable fisheries was named a top scientific contribution of 2008 by the journal Nature. 

Prior to his appointment as Dean, Steve served as Director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Steve serves as the Director of the LAFF program, where he mentors fellow on group project, Directed Research, and PhD research; he's also a founding PI of the Sustainable Fisheries Group, working closely with Chris Costello and researchers to seek market-based solutions for sustainable fisheries management around the world. Steve earned a BS in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in Ecology from Oregon State University.



Steve Gaines' portrait
Steve at Annual worskhop in Chile