Principal Investigator, Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
Steve’s 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. Steve became Dean of the Bren School in January 2010 and currently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a lead investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries Group, which seeks market based solutions to achieve economic revitalization of fisheries. Steve earned a BS in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and a PhD, in Ecology from Oregon State University.
office: Bren Hall 2410
email: gaines [at] bren.ucsb.edu
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Principal Investigator, Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics
Chris is Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. He joined UCSB after receiving his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2000. His research is primarily in the area of natural resource management and property rights under uncertainty, with a particular emphasis on information, its value, and its effect on management decisions. He is also interested in the process and design of adaptive management programs in which learning (to resolve uncertainty or asymmetric information) is actively pursued. Topical interests include fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, regulation of polluting industries, and marine policy. Costello frequently collaborates with researchers outside of economics such as statistics, ecology, biogeography, and mathematics. Costello serves as a science adviser to the Ocean Protection Council, the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, and the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea, and he is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
office: Bren Hall 4410
email: costello [at] bren.ucsb.edu
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Bob’s broad research fields are natural resource economics, environmental economics and political economy. During the last several years he has focused on the use of property rights systems to manage fisheries and to protect marine habitats. Other recent work has examined the effects different political systems have on the use of natural resources, environmental quality and the provision of public goods. His primary professional appointment is as Professor of Economics at UCSB and he formerly served as chair of the department. He holds an appointment as University Fellow with Resources for the Future and has served in editorial positions for scholarly journals and as a visiting faculty member or fellow at several institutions in the United States and abroad.
office: North Hall 3040
phone: (805) 729 4351
email: deacon [at] econ.ucsb.edu
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Principal Investigator, Research and Program Manager
Sarah received her BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD in marine ecology from UC Santa Barbara. For her dissertation research, she studied the role of dispersal ability in determining geographic range size for marine taxa and large-scale patterns of reproductive output in intertidal invertebrates. Following her PhD, she was the Project Manger for the California Current Ecosystem-Based Management (CCEBM) initiative, a collaborative effort to synthesize, advance, and communicate the natural and social science needed for more comprehensive ecosystem-based management along the U.S. west coast. For the last three and a half years, Sarah has been the Research and Program Manager of the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB. She also helps SFG with science communications and works with on-the-ground partners to connect science and research to the implementation of conservation and sustainable fisheries projects. Her recent research has focused on the ecological effects of marine protected areas, applying tradeoff analysis to marine resource management and spatial planning, sustainable fisheries management, and ecosystem-based management. She also recently worked as scientific staff for the Ocean Health Index project.
office: Marine Science Research Building, Rm 4322B
email: lester [at] msi.ucsb.edu
Michaela grew up on the coast in New England as tidal pool explorer and an avid architect of the sand. Since those days, she has worked to understand the connection between the ocean and the communities who depend on it and how to use scientific and conservation tools to guide decision making and reduce user conflicts in marine resource management. At SFG, she works with partners to integrate innovative science and modeling into on-the-ground projects. Prior to working at SFG, she was a 2012 Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in the Program Coordination Office in NOAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. She received her BS in biology and environmental science from the University of Richmond and her Master's degree in coastal marine resource management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB. Her graduate work focused on marine spatial planning and bio-economic modeling for offshore shrimp aquaculture in Mexico. Michaela has also previously worked with Bren as the Latin American Fisheries Fellowship (LAFF) Coordinator, the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) on the Science of Marine Reserves team, the National Marine Fisheries Service on the role of MPAs in resource management in the Caribbean, and as a corporate recruiter for bio-pharmaceutical companies in Boston.
office: Marine Science Research Building, Rm 4322
Gavin grew up just outside of Boston, spending his summers at beaches throughout New England. With a strong interest in science and math, Gavin began his career as a mechanical engineer. He holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, along with a Master Professionnel in Integrated Manufacturing from École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in Metz, France. After three years working as a Research Engineer at the aerospace research and development company Busek, he decided to go back to school to follow his lifelong passion for coastal marine conservation. Gavin received a Master's degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB. For his thesis work, he developed a model to quantify the socioeconomic value that non-consumptive private recreational boaters place on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. While at Bren he worked as a scientific diver for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans) and as a research assistant for NCEAS (the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis). His interests lie in using science to improve fisheries management for the benefit of both conservation and the livelihoods of fishers. His work at SFG includes bio-economic modeling, data-poor stock assessments, and data collection and management. Gavin is a PADI Divemaster and AAUS Scientific Diver.
office: Bren Hall 4528
Renato received his bachelors in engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile and his Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been working in fisheries and aquaculture since 2007 and has been involved in projects related to processes optimization in the private sector. Renato has also worked on projects for the FAO and Chilean Government seeking the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture, both in Chile and Latin America. Renato’s interests are focused on the economics of natural resource use including fisheries, aquaculture, energy generation, mining, urban development and the interaction between these various activities on the coast. Renato is interested in solutions that tackle both theory and applied problems on how to promote and maintain sustainable development of marine and coastal resources.
office: Bren Hall 4029
Katie works as a project specialist with SFG to manage several different ventures and facilitate communication and coordination within and outside the team. Most recently Katie worked as a Resource Management Specialist with NOAA Fisheries Service’s Marine National Monument Program in Hawaii. Katie received her BA in Environmental Studies and Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz and her MS in Marine Ecology from San Diego State. Her master’s research focused on kelp forest community dynamics inside and outside marine reserves. After completing her MS, she traveled to Washington DC as a 2010 Knauss Sea Grant fellow for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. Her interests include resource management and the development of practical solutions to the challenges facing fisheries and marine ecosystems. Katie is a scientific diver and has worked extensively in marine science education. In the past, she has worked on projects with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), Broadreach, The Catalina Island Marine Institute, and The Ocean Conservancy in places including Alaska, Belize, Tasmania, French Polynesia and the Caribbean.
office: Bren Hall 4528
Bruno’s research agenda broadly covers topics in environmental economics and natural resource economics. His recent work combines issues related to industrial pollution control under international trade, uncertainty and risk, game theory, applied econometrics, and the bio-economic modeling of antibiotic use subject to bacterial resistance. Bruno obtained his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Montreal, his Masters in mathematics from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon and a Masters in statistics and economics from the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA) of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. As a postdoctoral researcher with SFG Bruno's primary research focus is on the design of fisheries policies to balance conservation, environmental, and economic goals.
office: Bren Hall 4528
email: bnkuiya [at] bren.ucsb.edu
Elena is an environmental scientist whose current focus is environmental economics. Her interests include examining the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity, ecosystem-based adaptation and mitigation, and social preferences towards climate policies. She received her BA in Environmental Sciences at the University of Salamanca (USAL, Spain), and defended her PhD in Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, Spain). For her PhD she studied the economic benefits from saving endangered biodiversity. As a post-doc in the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), her research has focused on the benefits from ecosystem services and their role in mitigation and adaptation policies, such as REDD+ or ecosystem-based adaptation. Elena is very interested in multidisciplinary work and she has collaborated with and held short-term research appointments in the FEEM-Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Venice, Italy), TERI-The Energy and Resources Institute (New Delhi, India) and the CATIE-Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (Turrialba, Costa Rica) institutes. With the recently rewarded Bizkaia Xede Grant, she has been a visiting research fellow with the Sustainable Fisheries Group since January 2013 and will be focused on adaptation to climate change in the marine environment.
office: Bren Hall 4029
email: eojea [at] bren.ucsb.edu
Dan received his BS in Ecosystem Science and Policy as well as Biology the University of Miami in Coral Gables. After completing his BS, he worked as the program coordinator and lab manager for a shark research program based out of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. In this role, Dan conducted research on the ecology of south Florida sharks and developed community awareness of these keystone predators. Dan earned a Master’s degree at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, pursuing his interest in developing practical solutions to the challenges facing marine ecosystems. For his thesis work, he conducted an analysis of the economic viability and ecological sustainability of a proposed red abalone fishing cooperative, as part of an effort to support the development of community managed fisheries in the Santa Barbara region. He currently works as a research scientist with SFG, where his principal study areas include the development and performance of cooperative fisheries, the assessment of data-poor fisheries, and the use of bio-economic models in fisheries management.
office: Bren Hall 4528
Isaac earned a B.S. and B.A. from UC San Diego in Environmental Systems and Writing, and then headed south to work two years on the northern coast of Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer at one of the largest fishmeal ports in the country. Following his Peace Corps service, he went to the Bren School where he received his Master's degree in Coastal and Marine Resource Management. After, he spent one year as a Sea Grant fellow with California State Parks working on sea level rise and climate adaptation policy in Sacramento. In the past Isaac has also worked on projects with Oceana, the Environmental Defense Center, and the Port of San Diego. His current interests include applying the latest fisheries science and modeling to help make fishing more sustainable in developing countries; integration of marine spatial planning into management; and the impact of climate change on marine and coastal systems. Isaac also serves as the Program Manager of the Latin America Fisheries Fellowship program at the Bren School.
office: Bren Hall 4528
email: ipearlman [at] bren.ucsb.edu
Dan is passionate about spatial planning and analysis to facilitate conservation. He joined SFG to integrate the models produced at SFG with SeaSketch, a web-based marine spatial planning platform that empowers stakeholders throughout the planning process. Dan's background spans academic and professional work in software engineering and earth and environmental sciences. After receiving a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in geology, he applied that knowledge in enabling remote sensing and mapping technologies at Carnegie Mellon University. This evolved into a decade of experience as a software engineer at a variety of start-ups, creating productive and usable software products. He also holds a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren school at UCSB.
office: Marine Science Research Building, Rm 4013