David A. Steen, Ph.D.

As of 2018, I am a Research Ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. I received my Ph.D. from Auburn University (2011), my M.S. from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (2003) and my B.S. from the University of New Hampshire (2001). I also completed a postdoctoral appointment at Virginia Tech (2012-2013).


Summer 2018 Research Department of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center

To meet the Georgia Sea Turtle Center crew, please visit this link.

Auburn University personnel (below). Although I am no longer at Auburn University, my students are completing their graduate degrees there and I remain involved in the completion of their work.

Joseph Jenkins, MS Graduate Student

I am studying the habits and status of the Flattened Musk Turtle in Bankhead National Forest. I received my B.S. in Zoology and my Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University (2016). In addition to my undergrad studies, I have spent the past four years conducting field research on the Flattened Musk Turtle and the Black Warrior Waterdog salamander with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program. I am best described as a field herpetologist and herpetoculturist with an interest in ecology and an obsession for conservation, especially of rare and endangered species. I am an amateur mead maker and avid outdoorsman.

Sara Piccolomini, MS Graduate Student

I am studying the reintroduction of Eastern Indigo Snakes to Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve for my thesis. My research interests are in population and community ecology, conservation, and physiological ecology of rare and imperiled amphibians and reptiles. I received my B.A. from Hiram College (2014) in Environmental Studies. I have spent the last year helping to assess the status of endangered species like the Black Warrior Waterdog, Eastern Hellbender, and Gopher Tortoise in Alabama while working for the Alabama Natural Heritage Program and the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander at Eglin Air Force Base while working for Virginia Tech/Jackson Guard. Through these experiences I have developed a deep passion to help protect the rare and endangered species of the southeast. I spend my free time hanging out with my dog.


Spring 2017 (L to R): Chad Wallwork, David Steen, Joseph Jenkins (kneeling), Sara Piccolomini, Justin Haynes, and Phil Pearson (kneeling)

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2017 Conecuh National Forest Field Crew (L to R): Kelly O’Connor, Jasmine Parham, and Krystof Chmel