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 understand why I value the natural world and why I think it is important to protect and restore biological diversity.
I am the Herpetology Research Leader in the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 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 received my B.S. from the University of New Hampshire (2001) and my M.S. from the SUNY-ESF (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). I completed a postdoctoral appointment at Virginia Tech (2012-2013), was an assistant research professor at Auburn University (2014-2017, and was the research ecologist of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (2018-2019).