Dr. Stephen Palumbi is the Jane and Marshall Steele Jr. Professor of Marine Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. As a marine ecologist, his work is broadly focused on the genetics, evolution, conservation, population biology and systematics of a diverse array of marine organisms. As part of PISCO, he focuses on how nearshore communities respond to changes in climate using genetic techniques. In addition, he is a founding author of The Science of Marine Reserves, a series of outreach booklets that communicate marine conservation science for policymakers and stakeholders. He has a strong commitment to connecting science to the public, which has led to him authoring three books for non-scientists: "The Extreme Life of the Sea", "The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival", and "The Evolution Explosion". Dr. Palumbi holds a B.A. from John Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and has received numerous awards for research and conservation, including a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. He is currently the Harold A. Miller Director of the Hopkins Marine Station.