Steven is Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s first Postdoctoral Associate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron in Ohio, a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology, and a Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Steven’s doctoral dissertation was part of a six-year research effort — funded by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — to understand bonefish reproduction and to develop fishery and habitat management strategies to protect spawning sites and population across Florida, The Bahamas, and the Caribbean. His contributions include revealing the deep depths that bonefish dive to when spawning, assessing larval dispersal and population connectivity within The Bahamas to inform marine protected area structures, and the search for bonefish nurseries in the Florida Keys.
As a Postdoctoral Associate, Steven provides analytical and field support for each of BTT’s Initiative Programs.