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 animals persist on landscapes so I can generate recommendations regarding how we can live alongside them. 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 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)

Graham, S. P., R. Kline, D. A. Steen, and C. Kelehear. Description of an extant salamander from the Gulf Coastal Plain of North America: the reticulated siren (Siren reticulata). PLOS ONE 13(12): e0207460.

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., and K. Barrett. 2015. Should states value species at the edge of their geographic range? Journal of Wildlife Management 79:872-876.

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., et al. 2006. Relative vulnerability of female turtles to road mortality. Animal Conservation 9:269-273.

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