Dr. Steve Weisberg is executive director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), a research consortium formed by 14 California water quality agencies to ensure a solid scientific foundation for their management activities. His research focuses on developing molecular tools to support environmental monitoring. He serves on the governing board and scientific advisory committees for several other organizations involved with the development and adoption of new technologies, including the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System, the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team, the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the California Sea Grant Advisory Board, and the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Board of Scientific Counselors. He received his PhD in biology from the University of Delaware and his BGS from the University of Michigan. He joined SCCWRP in 1996.