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, my goals are to generate a better understanding of how wildlife populations use landscapes and recommendations regarding how we can develop, farm, restore, and live on these landscapes while accommodating wildlife and natural ecological processes. As a science communicator, I want you to know why I value and appreciate these wild landscapes.

I am the Research Ecologist of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia, the Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and serve on the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Network.

 Selected Publications (Full List)

Steen, D. A., and O. Robinson. 2017. Estimating freshwater turtle mortality rates and population declines following hook ingestion. Conservation Biology 31:1333-1339.

Steen, D. A., and D. Kelly. 2017. Interspecific combat observed among viperid snakes. Ecology 98:1727-1728.

Steen, D. A., et al. 2014. Informing management of endemic habitat specialists: multiscale habitat selection of the Red Hills Salamander. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:463-470.

Steen, D. A., et al. 2014. Snake co-occurrence patterns are best explained by habitat and hypothesized effects of interspecific interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology 83:286-295.

Steen, D. A., et al. 2013. Bird assemblage response to restoration of fire-suppressed longleaf pine sandhills. Ecological Applications 23:134-147.

Steen, D. A., et al. 2013. Reptile assemblage response to restoration of fire-suppressed longleaf pine sandhills. Ecological Applications 23:148-158.

Smith, L. L., D. A. Steen, et al. 2013. Effects of predator exclusion on nest and hatchling survival in the gopher tortoise. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:352-358.

Steen, D. A., et al. 2012. Landscape-level influences of terrestrial snake occupancy within the southeastern United States. Ecological Applications 22:1084-1097.

Steen D. A., et al. 2012. Terrestrial habitat requirements of nesting freshwater turtles. Biological Conservation 150:121-128.

Steen, D.A., and J. P. Gibbs. 2004. Effects of roads on the structure of freshwater turtle populations. Conservation Biology 18:1143-1148.