Steve Garner, Ph.D.
Steve Garner, Ph.D. is a NOAA Affiliate of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center's Panama City Laboratory through the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS - University of Miami). His current research focuses on fish life history, age, growth, and reproduction to improve data and information quality to inform stock assessments and improve management.
Steven began his career in fisheries science as an undergraduate at the University of West Florida (UWF) through an internship with the NOAA Fisheries' Panama City Laboratory. Through this internship he collected king mackerel otoliths for stock identification. He graduated from UWF in 2007 with a degree in Marine Biology. Steven attended Louisiana State University (LSU) for his master’s degree, studying the potential for artificial oyster reefs to enhance the production of juvenile estuarine fishery and non-fishery species. He graduated from LSU in 2012 with a degree in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.
Steven pursued his doctoral degree at the University of South Alabama, studying the potential for hook regulations to enhance capture efficiency in the recreational red snapper fishery. He graduated in 2018 with a doctoral degree in Marine Sciences. Steven continued on with postdoctoral research at the University of Florida, where he participated in a multi-state, multi-university study to estimate the absolute abundance of red snapper in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Much of his research involved utilizing small remotely operated vehicles to survey reef fish communities. It also utilized onboard observing methods as well as traditional and acoustic tagging methods to answer research questions related to fish ecology, movement, gear bias, and selectivity to inform red snapper stock assessment and management.