Background & Interests



Dr. Steven J. Steinberg is the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for Los Angeles County California. As GIO he guides the geospatial strategy for a County of over 10 million residents and 100,000 county employees, in collaboration with a team of highly skilled GIS professionals.

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.

From 2011-2018 Dr. Steinberg, served as 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 with a research focus on areas of data collection, analysis and visualization.

Dr. Steinberg was a Professor of Geospatial Sciences in Humboldt State University's Department of Environmental Science and Management from 1998-2011 teaching a variety of courses and supervising 18 graduate students and serving on 28 graduate student committees involving geospatial science. He continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor with the Department.

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 remained an active member through 2017. He co-chaired the West Coast Ocean Data Portal from 2013-2018, as a outgrowth of the West Coast Ocean Partnership.

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 which he continues to participate with.

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.