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Diane De Steven, Research Ecologist

Diane DeSteven

Research Ecologist (Retired)
South Carolina
United States

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Current Research

  • Understanding abiotic and biotic controls on the vegetation communities of wetland and bottomland forests
  • Testing methods and models for restoring wetland and bottomland forest ecosystems
  • Assessing ecosystem services provided by Farm-Bill wetland-restoration programs (The Conservation Effects Assessment Project) 



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

Professional Experience

  • Emeritus Scientist, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station
    2016 - Current
  • Research Ecologist (wetlands), USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
    2000 - 2015
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    1985 - 1999

Professional Organizations

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

Awards & Recognition

  • Doug Wilcox Award for Outstanding Associate Editor, 2014
    Awarded by the Society of Wetland Scientists for service excellence as Associate Editor of the journal Wetlands
  • Forest Service Research & Development National Highlight, 2012
    Recognition for USDA-NRCS partnership research on the outcomes of wetland restoration projects on working lands in the Southeast
  • Forest Service Research & Development National Highlight, 2011
    Recognition for USDA-NRCS partnership research on wetland conservation practices in the Southeast
  • 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

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


Wetlands Assessment Project Documents Outcomes of Conservation on Working Lands

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

The Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) is a multi-agency effort to improve effectiveness of Farm Bill conservation programs by quant ...


Last updated on : 05/26/2021