Community Colloquium: Steve Gaines, Bren School Dean

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Steven Gaines
Bren School of
Environmental Science & Management

Friday, Jan. 15
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Bren Hall 1414

"Seeking Ocean Solutions: Networks, Incentives, and their Interactions"

(View Powerpoint of talk)

Reception to follow

Please join us in welcoming Steven Gaines as the fourth dean of the Bren School. In his remarks, Dr. Gaines will discuss his research and how it relates to the Bren School's focus on collaborative interdisciplinary problem-solving and the vision he brings to his new position.



Professor Gaines has been a distinguished member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology since 1994 and served most recently as director of the Marine Science Institute. From 2002 to 2005, he served as acting vice chancellor for research, and in 2007, he served as acting dean of the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences, a post he held until October 2008.

Professor Gaines's research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. Under his leadership, ground will soon be broken for the new UCSB Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS), which will house state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to help connect students, educators, community groups, and the public with innovative educational programs based on the latest ocean science research.
Professor Gainescurrently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium was instrumental in establishing to further collaborative study of marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific. From 2003 to 2006 he held a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. Most recently, Professor Gaines received the inaugural Marc J. Hershman Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, and the scientific journal Nature recognized as its top research highlight for 2008 a paper he co-authored with Bren Associate Professor Christopher Costello on an innovative fisheries management strategy called "catch shares," which holds promise for reversing fisheries collapse.

Steven Gaines CV


NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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