Steve earned his Masters degree in vertebrate morphology and evolution from Louisiana State Univ. and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources from UNH in 2001. His Ph.D. research focused on developing satellite and GIS-based habitat models for Bicknell’s Thrush. Steve joined the Leitzel Center in 2005, increasing the enthusiasm for STEM disciplines in underserved and minority students with the NSF-funded Watershed Watch. He maintains diverse interests in ornithology and vertebrate ecology, while his professional interests have broadened toward efforts to increase all-levels of students’ interest, enthusiasm, and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Active projects include Transforming Earth System Science Education, Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering, Climate Education for Minority Serving Institution Faculty, the US Army's STEM Teacher Program Initiatives, and directing Workforce Development components of the NH EPSCoR project.