Steve is a native Oregonian, a Portland State University graduate, and studied at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt/M., Germany as a Fulbright Scholar. He is a retired biologist and worked for the United States Department of Interior-(DOI) Fish and Wildlife Service in the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office. He previously worked in private consulting where he gained experience in lake restoration, lake and stream water quality surveys, urban storm runoff research, phytoplankton and zooplankton interactions, wetland ecology, and watershed planning. While working for the Service he worked extensively with federal permitting requirements under section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and practical aspects of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. He was a certified instructor for DOI teaching motorboat operation and safety on the west coast. His research passion is the ecology of vernal pools and temporary waters. In his free time he enjoys international travel, salmon and steelhead fishing, and boating. He participated in local community athletics as an Oregon School Athletic Association certified wrestling referee. He is actively involved in his local neighborhood association.