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 his enthusiasm for STEM student recruitment and retention initiatives. His first project supported underserved and minority students with the NSF-funded Watershed Watch project. He maintains his diverse interests in ornithology and vertebrate ecology, while his professional interests have broadened toward efforts to increase all-levels of students’ interest, motivation, and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Active projects include Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering, Undergraduate Research Training, and Work-based Learning within the Advanced Manufacturing sector. Steve also serves as an internal evaluator to assist projects with their formative and summative evaluation needs. Steve is the Director of Education and Outreach programs for NH EPSCoR.