- B.S. Biology & Philosophy, Reed College;
- Ph.D. Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota
Steven studied ecological restoration, he conducted an extensive review of recent scholarship in this discipline. Eric Higgs’ Nature by Design was a central text that identified key debates among restoration ecologists. His 30 page research paper on this material demonstrated superb understanding of key positions, independent analysis of these positions, and sophisticated awareness of the cultural, ethical, and practical implications of these positions. His paper presented a cogent and well-supported argument for incorporating indigenous perspectives and practices into ecological restoration.