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Steven Pearson

I am broadly interested in how anthropogenic activities impact terrestrial and aquatic species, habitats, and resource utilization.  My work and research seek to better understand how human activities lead to shifts in population and community structure of organisms.  I have worked across the gradients between urban and remote environments to study flora and fauna, including upland forest, wetlands, aquatic macrophytes, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.  I am interested in determining how organisms interact with each other and the environment in which they live.  


Diamondback Terrapins

Between 2013 and 2020 I worked to determine the abundance, distribution, nesting ecology and impacts of anthropogenic activities on diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) across the Louisiana Coastline. Management of the fragile Louisiana coastline is important to the continued persistence of this amazing species along the LA coastline..

Impacts of Oil Spills

Between 2013 and 2018, I worked to determine the short-term and long-term impacts of oil spills on habitats and wildlife, with the goal of restoring injured habitats and wildlife populations.  

Invasive Species in NY State

Since June 2018, I have been working to reduce the impacts of invasive species on the ecology, economy and human health across NY State and the mid-Atlantic/  northeast region. Through educational programming, distribution surveys, research and species management we are managing established species and preventing new invasions.  

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