Steve is the Volgenau Wildlife Research Fellow with NPCA in Asheville, NC. He is the research lead for NPCA’s wildlife connectivity study in the Pigeon River Gorge near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has 20 years’ experience as a Wildlife Biologist.

Prior to joining NPCA in 2018, Steve worked for Virginia Tech for 10 years at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, researching red-cockaded woodpecker and gopher tortoise. He has also worked for Arizona Game & Fish Department and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife for 8 years, where he monitored and researched T&E species, including marbled murrelet, black-footed ferret, desert tortoise, leopard frogs, and multiple species of small mammals, songbirds, and raptors. He has experience with animal tracking and surveys, camera trapping, plant identification, ArcGIS, study design, and project management. Steve holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and finance from the University of South Florida and a master’s in biology from the University of West Florida.