Steve's responsibilities include developing, implementing and monitoring state-wide and regional coastal conservation strategies. His current work is focused on advancing the policy and practice of nearshore habitat restoration and shellfish aquaculture through collaborative research efforts. He has supported the deployment of TNC’s global aquaculture strategy and brings on the ground experience as a former oyster farm owner/operator. Before joining TNC, Steve spent his professional life working on the water as a fisheries researcher and captain of tugboats and tall ships. He holds a Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.