SFG Team

Dan Ovando

Dan received his BS in Ecosystem Science and Policy as well as Biology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. 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.

Daniel Viana

Daniel Viana is currently a PhD student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, advised by Steve Gaines. His broad interests are fisheries management, environmental tourism, and the design of marine protected areas (MPAs).

Becky Wright

Becky is a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science advised by Steve Gaines. Her research interests intersect cultural and human behavioral ecology with marine conservation. She specializes in contextualizing and integrating indigenous ecological knowledge, sociocultural anthropology, common property resources and property rights within fisheries management frameworks. Prior to starting her PhD, Becky received a BS in Aquatic Biology from UCSB, and a MAS in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UCSD.

Kent Strauss

Kent is a PhD student in UCSB's Department of Economics, Advised by Chris Costello. Kent worked as a fisheries and oceans specialist with Environmental Defense Fund,where he studied global experiences in fisheries management to inform the design of policies and institutions that can achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Collaborating with SFG, Kent’s research focuses on fisheries economics, institutional design, and bio-economic modeling.

Owen Liu

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.

Julia Lawson

Julia's research is focused on sustainable fisheries management and international environmental policy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, where she conducted her senior thesis research at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences on coral reef reproduction and recruitment.

Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez

Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez graduated from the Marine Sciences School (UABC, Mexico) with a B.Sc. in Oceanography. He was then hired as a Field Technician by the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI), where he worked closely with fishing communities in Mexico to promote sustainable fisheries and marine conservation. In this role, he also performed oceanographic and ecological monitoring in marine reserves that were being established by fishermen along the Baja Peninsula.