In 2010, Steve began work as a Research Biologist at Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI) in Gainsville, Florida. ARCI is a small non-profit organization which focuses on ecological studies of rare and imperiled birds in the southeastern United States and Latin America. Initially, he was trapping for a telemetry study of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Great Egrets. More recently, he has contributed his skills to various field projects, developing new capture techniques and frequently taking the lead on safely trapping, tagging, and monitoring Swallow-tailed Kites, Crested Caracaras, Great Horned Owls, Northern Harriers, and Snail Kites.
Steve’s background includes a B.S. in Zoology with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Louisiana State University in 2000. He began working with raptors in 2001, and spent several years traveling the Western U.S. working on research projects in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon and Idaho. As a result, he gained valuable experience with nest searching, population monitoring, GIS and habitat analyses, statistical analysis, literature reviews, and report writing. During this period, Steve also trapped hawks during fall migration for several seasons while working with the Idaho Bird Observatory and HawkWatch International, and in 2008 he earned a certification in Raptor Banding by the National Banding Council.
In addition to earning his M.S. degree in Raptor Biology from Boise State University in 2012, he also completed a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Analysis from Boise State University.