Research Ecologist (Retired)
Contact Diane DeSteven
- 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
- 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
- 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
- De Steven, Diane ; Mushet, David . 2018. Estimating the effects of wetland conservation practices in croplands: approaches for modeling in the CEAP Cropland Assessment.
- De Steven, Diane; Faulkner, Stephen P.; Keeland, Bobby D.; Baldwin, Michael J.; McCoy, John W.; Hughes, Steven C. 2015. Understory vegetation as an indicator for floodplain forest restoration in the Mississippi River Alluvial Valley, U.S.A.
- De Steven, Diane; Schweitzer, Callie J.; Hughes, Steven C.; Stanturf, John A. 2015. Afforesting agricultural lands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (USA): effects of silvicultural methods on understory plant diversity.
- De Steven, Diane; Gramling, Joel M. 2013. Multiple factors influence the vegetation composition of Southeast U.S. wetlands restored in the Wetlands Reserve Program.
- De Steven, Diane; Gramling, Joel M. 2012. Diverse characteristics of wetlands restored under the Wetlands Reserve Program in the Southeastern United States.
- De Steven, Diane; Sharitz, Rebecca R.; Barton, Christopher D. 2010. Ecological outcomes and evaluation of success in passively restored Southeastern depressional wetlands.
- De Steven, Diane; Lowrance, Richard. 2011. Agricultural conservation practices and wetland ecosystem services in the wetland-rich Piedmont Coastal Plain region.
- De Steven, Diane; Baldwin, Andrew; others, ; ., . 2015. Assessing the effects of wetland practices in agricultural landscapes: a conceptual model for wetland plant diversity.
- De Steven, Diane. 2015. Metrics for determining hydrophytic vegetation in wetland delineation: a clarification on the prevalence index.
- Hamel, Paul B.; De Steven, Diane; Leininger, Ted; Wilson, Randy. 2009. Historical trends in rusty blackbird nonbreeding habitat in forested wetlands.
- Mitchell, Robert; Engstrom, Todd; Sharitz, Rebecca; De Steven, Diane; Hiers, Kevin; Cooper, Robert; Kirkman, Katherine. 2009. Old forests and endangered woodpeckers: old-growth in the Southern Coastal Plain.
- Rosen, D. J.; De Steven, D.; Lange, M. L. 2008. Conservation strategies and vegetation characterization in the Columbia Bottomlands, an under-recognized southern floodplain forest formation.
- Stroh, Chrissa; De Steven, Diane; Guntenspergen, Glenn. 2008. Effect of climate fluctuation on long-term vegetation dynamics in Carolina bay wetlands.
- De Steven, Diane; Sharitz, Rebecca R. 2007. Transplanting native dominant plants to facilitate community development in restored coastal plain wetlands.
- De Steven, Diane; Harrison., Charles A. 2006. Landscape dependence of hydrologic patterns in Lower Coastal Plain depression wetlands.
- De Steven, Diane; Sharitz, Rebecca R.; Singer, Julian H.; Barton, Christopher D. 2006. Testing a passive revegetation approach for restoring coastal plain depression wetlands.
- Sharitz, Rebecca R.; Barton, Christopher D.; De Steven, Diane. 2006. Tree plantings in depression wetland restorations show mixed success (South Carolina).
- Mulhouse, John M.; De Steven, Diane; Lide, Robert F.; Sharitz, Rebecca R. 2005. Effects of dominant species on vegetation change in Carolina bay wetlands following a multi-year drought.
- Barton, Christopher D.; De Steven, Diane; Kilgo, John C. 2004. Mitigation bank promotes research on restoring coastal plain depression wetlands (South Carolina).
- De Steven, Diane; Toner, Maureen M. 2004. Vegetation of Upper Coastal Plain Depression Wetlands: Environmental Templates and Wetland Dynamics Within A Landscape Framework.
- De Steven, Diane; Wright, S. Joseph. 2002. Consequences of variable reproduction for seedling recruitment in three neotropical tree species.
- Engelbrecht, Bettina M.J.; Wright, S. Joseph; De Steven, Diane. 2002. Survival and ecophysiology of tree seedlings during El Nino drought in a tropical moist forest in Panama.
- Kost, Michael A.; De Steven, Diane. 2000. Plant community responses to prescribed burning in Wisconsin sedge meadows.
- De Steven, Diane. 2000. Teaching Wetland Ecology: What If You Can't Take Students Into the Field.
- De Steven, Diane; Sharitz, Rebecca R. 1997. Differential recovery of a deepwater swamp forest across a gradient of disturbance intensity.
|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 ...