About David

I am Dr. David Steen (e-mail); I am a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist. I maintain this blog because I feel public education and outreach about wildlife ecology and conservation is important and hopefully helps foster an appreciation of wildlife and natural landscapes as well as a better understanding of how we study them.

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If you want to learn more about my professional life or why I am qualified to talk about science, please check out my website.


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Dr. David A. Steen (@AlongsideWild) is a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist and blogs about science at www.LivingAlongsideWildlife.com. His copyrighted work appears here under a Creative Commons license.

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