Background & Interests

Dr. Steven J. Steinberg, is currently a Principal Scientist and Department Head for Information Management and Analysis at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) a Public Agency for Environmental Research located in Costa Mesa, California. His research focus is in areas of data collection, analysis and visualization.

He is co-author of the books: GIS Research Methods: Incorporating Spatial Perspectives (2015) and GIS for the Social Sciences: Investigating Space and Place (2006) with Dr. Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg and author or co-author of numerous book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings and technical reports.

In 2007 Dr. Steinberg was invited to participate on the California Department of Water Resources' Salton Sea, Socioeconomic Focus Technical Group and in 2008 he was appointed to the California Water Quality Monitoring Council where he served as a Council Member until 2011. He continued involvement with the Council as Chair of the Data Management Workgroup (2011-2014) and remains a member of the workgroup. He also co-chairs of the Ocean Data Portal Coordination Team with the West Coast Governor's Alliance on Ocean Health.

In 2004, Dr. Steinberg was selected as a Fulbright Scholar and appointed as Distinguished Chair of Airborne Remote Sensing at the Centre for Scientific Computing, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2005 he was honored with Humboldt State University's Alistair McCrone Promising Faculty Scholar award. In the fall of 2008 Dr. Steinberg was invited to teach at the University of Helsinki, Finland, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the International Master's Degree Programme in Geoinformatics (GIMP). In 2011 the Council for International Exchange of Scholars appointed Dr. Steinberg as a Fulbright Scholar Program Peer Reviewer.

In 2006, Dr. Steinberg founded HSU's Institute for Spatial Analysis (ISA) and served as its Director from 2006-2011. Dr Steinberg served as the Director of Klamath Watershed Institute (KWI) from 2005-2011; and as Professor of Geospatial Sciences in Humboldt State University's Department of Environmental Science and Management from 1998-2011 teaching courses geospatial sciences.

Dr. Steinberg's Ph.D. work emphasized the introduction and adoption of internet-based GIS mapping tools in Department of Natural Resource agency offices throughout the State of Minnesota. He has researched and presented extensively on the application of geospatial analysis technologies for modelling and visualization in both human and natural environments.