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Steve Moore

Marine Science

Contact information

(831) 582-3775

Building & room

Science Research Lab Annex

Office hours

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my office hours are now "virtual." For the Spring 2021 semester, they are Wed/Thur 10-11:30 via Zoom. Please email me for the Zoom link.


Dr. Steve Moore is a professor of Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. His educational training, teaching, and research focus on the application of physics and engineering approaches to study the ecology of animals in their natural habitats. Courses he teaches include MSCI 345 "Marine Biodiversity and Functional Morphology," MSCI 337 "Robotics for Environmental Research," and MSCI 437 "Ocean Instrumentation Projects." Dr. Moore directs an on-campus research lab called the Ecosystem Electronics Lab (EEL). Undergraduate and masters students in the EEL typically work on field-based marine ecology projects using small ROVs, time-lapse underwater cameras, oxygen dataloggers, and other equipment for observing and recording where marine animals live, what they do, and how they interact with their environment. The majority of the projects focus on benthic (bottom-dwelling) marine invertebrates living in the ocean's "Twilight Zone" depths between about 20 m and 150 meters (60 - 500 feet) deep. Much of the equipment used by EEL students to study marine life was designed and built by students in the EEL using skills they developed in Dr. Moore's robotics and/or ocean instrumentation classes. In addition to his teaching and research, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, kayaking, scuba diving, and nature photography.