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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.

Summer 2019 Georgia Sea Turtle Center Research Department staff and AmeriCorps members.
Summer 2018 Georgia Sea Turtle Center Research Department.
Spring 2017 Auburn University Research Lab