Steve Gaines is Appointed Bren School Dean

MSI Director Set to Assume Bren School Leadership in January

UCSB and the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management are pleased to announce that Professor Steven Gaines began his tenure as new dean of the Bren School, effective January 1, 2010.

UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang wrote:

“Professor Gaines has been a distinguished member of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology since 1994, and is the director of our Marine Science Institute. From 2002 to 2005, he provided exemplary service to our campus as acting vice chancellor for research. In 2007, Professor Gaines graciously agreed to serve 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 our campus's new 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.
“His numerous activities at the national and international levels include currently serving as a science adviser for the Joint Ocean Commission and as a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium studying 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 on an innovative fisheries management strategy called ‘catch shares,’ which can reverse fisheries collapse.
“I would like to thank Professor Thomas Dunne, chair of our search advisory committee, and each of our committee members for their dedicated and effective efforts. I also sincerely appreciate the advice and input of Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas, our faculty and administrative colleagues, and the Bren School Advisory Board throughout this search and recruitment process. In addition, we are deeply grateful for Professor John Melack's leadership as acting dean; we have been fortunate to be able to draw again on Professor Melack's experience and expertise during this interim period.
We are excited about the future of our Bren School and look forward to its continued success under Professor Gaines's leadership. Please join me in welcoming him to the deanship.

Steve Gaines