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 and persist on landscapes as well as recommendations regarding how we can develop, farm, restore, and live on these landscapes while accommodating wildlife and natural ecological processes.

I am a Research Ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia as well as the Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

On this site you can learn more about my research interests and philosophy and find citations to my publications. I hope you will also check out my blog or join me on Twitter to participate in some of my outreach activities.

 Selected Publications (Full List)

Steen, D. A., and O. Robinson. 2017. Estimating freshwater turtle mortality rates and population declines following hook ingestion. Conservation Biology: in press.

Steen, D. A., and D. Kelly. 2017. Interspecific combat observed among viperid snakes. Ecology: in press.

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.