Owen, a spatial and fisheries ecologist, is interested in the ways that relationships among species can inform marine ecosystem and resource management. Owen is currently a graduate student in Steve Gaines' lab at the Bren School, and he earned his undergraduate and master's degrees at Stanford University and has experience conducting research with the Environmental Defense Fund. Owen uses a combination of computer modeling and empirical approaches to investigate how basic species' traits, such as fertility and growth rate, and interactions between species, such as competition and predation, combine with human pressures, such as fishing, to determine the structure and function of marine ecological communities. Owen's research has taken him from his childhood home in New England, to the Philippines and Indonesia, to the Caribbean, and now to California. He has studied large, industrial fisheries like New England's iconic cod fishery, small-scale, artisanal and subsistence fisheries in the developing tropics, and human-environment interactions, such as sea otter conflicts with small-scale fishers in California kelp forests.