David A. Steen, Ph.D.
Aldo Leopold said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” I am one of the latter. As a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist, I want to study how animal populations persist on the land and in the sea. As a science communicator, I want people to know why I value the natural world and why I think it is important to protect and restore biological diversity.
I am the Research Ecologist of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia, the founder and Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Network. I am also a member of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative, the Eastern Indigo Snake Reintroduction Committee and serve as the Southeast representative of the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group.
I received my B.S. from the University of New Hampshire (2001) and my M.S. from the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2003). I was a lead research technician at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center for three years before earning my Ph.D. from Auburn University (2011). Afterwards I completed a postdoctoral appointment at Virginia Tech (2012-2013) and then worked as an assistant research professor at Auburn University until 2017.