Dr. Clare Steele is an applied marine ecologist with extensive experience in marine and coastal environments around the world, conducting research and natural resource assessments to enable informed management decisions. She has conducted research assessing the benefits of protected areas and community-based resource management to reef fish assemblages and artisanal fisheries in the Philippines, Fiji, Kenya and the Bahamas. In southern California, her research has focused on productivity of fishes on natural kelp and artificial reefs, and assessing anthropogenic impacts to sandy beach ecological communities. Her ongoing research in the Cook Islands and California examines the ecological impacts of marine debris and microplastic debris on coastal ecosystems.
Dedicated to providing research opportunities to undergraduate students, she is working with various student groups, including CI classes, CI capstone students, Project ACCESO’s Summer Research Institute and NOAA’s B-WET program, to explore educational and research experiences in the California coastal zone and at CSUCI’s undergraduate research station on Santa Rosa Island.