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Diane De Steven

Emeritus Scientist
Charleston, SC 29407

Current Research

  • The Conservation Effects Assessment Project: assessing wetland ecosystem services on Southern Farm-Bill program lands
  • Testing methods and models for restoring wetland and bottomland forest ecosystems
  • Understanding abiotic and biotic controls on vegetation diversity of wetland and bottomland forest communities


Ph.D. in Plant Ecology, 1980
University of Michigan
M.S. in Animal Ecology, 1977
University of Michigan
B.S. in Biology, 1974
Kent State University

Professional Experience

Emeritus Scientist, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
Research Ecologist (wetlands), USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
Assistant and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Wetland Scientists, Professional Wetland Scientist (2014—Current)
  • Society of Wetland Scientists, Associate Editor (2010—2016)

Awards and Recognition

Doug Wilcox Award for Outstanding Associate Editor, 2014
Awarded by the Society of Wetland Scientists for excellence in serving as Associate Editor of the journal Wetlands
Southern Regional Forester’s Award for Natural Resource Stewardship, 2006
Team Award for the Carolina Bay Restoration and Banking Project at the Savannah River Site, SC

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Research Highlights

Wetlands Assessment Project Documents Outcomes of Conservation on Working Lands (2012)
SRS-2012-03 Assessment offers managers a tool to improve project planning and assessment of wetland practices on working lands in the South and elsewhere

What do we need to know to conserve wetlands on working lands in the South (2011)
SRS-2011-19 The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to improve effectiveness of Farm Bill conservation programs by quantifying the environmental benefits of conservation practices applied on working lands in the United States, these practices often used specifically to recover valuable wetland ecosystem services. Southern Research Station (SRS) Scientist Diane De Steven led a collaborative research synthesis that identified fundamental information gaps regarding wetland conservation practices in the Southeast.

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