Corey is an Associate Professor of Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. His research interests are in the area of marine landscape ecology. He uses GIS modeling and spatial statistics to study the relationship between scale dependence, habitat complexity and patterns of species distribution and abundance in marine communities. Dr. Garza serves as the director for the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program, an NSF and NOAA funded program that administers the Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the NOAA Center For Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and NSF ASPIRE (Active Societal Participation in Research and Education). Corey is also active in education outreach particularly in advancing the participation of underrepresented groups in science. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and, for the last 14 years, has organized a special scientific symposium in Marine Science at their annual meeting.