Steve is the Dean of UCSB’s Bren School for Environmental Science & Management and a strategic advisor for emLab. His research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines is also a principal investigator for emLab Ocean and Fisheries’s projects, which focus on scalable solutions for the world’s fisheries through partnerships among UCSB researchers, industry leaders, NGOs, and governments. Steve enjoys scuba diving, hiking, cycling, gardening, and exploring new countries and cultures in his free time.