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Diane De Steven

Research Ecologist (Retired)
Charleston, SC 29407

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) 



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 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 and Products


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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