Steven is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow dually affiliated with the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland.
As an environmental social scientist Steven’s research focuses on community-based conservation and natural resource management, environmental governance, and the human dimensions of environmental change. Past projects have examined the role of social networks for the management of marine protected areas in Jamaica and the governance dimensions of climate change adaptation in coastal communities.
Currently he is particularly interested in applying novel multi-method and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand the relationship between diverse governance arrangements, managed ecosystems, and natural resource management outcomes.
Steven received his Ph.D. in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo in 2015 where he was affiliated with the Environmental Change and Governance Group. He also holds a M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University – Bozeman. However, it was a B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University, a small liberal arts college in northern New York, and a semester abroad in East Africa studying conservation and development that provided the foundation for considering the complexities of human-environment interactions and bridging the natural and social sciences.
Steven is also interested in the science of synthesis and the role of qualitative research and data in social-ecological research. To this end, he is engaged with several initiatives including co-organizing a workshop supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center titled Accelerating Synthesis for Conservation and Sustainability Science through Qualitative Data Sharing.
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Research news | 2018-06-05
The four most essential (yet risky) ingredients for small-scale fisheries to bond and build stronger ties between themselves
Research news | 2017-08-25
Invasion of the Indo-Pacific lionfish outside Jamaica reveals need to improve collaboration within marine protected areas
2018 - Journal / article
Sustainable fisheries require strong management and effective governance. However, small-scale fisheries (SFF) often lack formal institutions, leaving management in the hands of local users in the form of various governance approaches (e.g., local, traditional, or co-management). The effectiveness of these approaches inherently relies upon some level of cohesion among resource users to facilitate agreement on common policies ...
2018 - Journal / article
Biodiversity conservation is often limited by inadequate investments in monitoring and enforcement. However, monitoring and enforcement problems may be overcome by encouraging resource users to develop, endorse, and subsequently enforce conservation regulations. In this article, we draw upon the literature on common-pool resources and social networks to assess the impacts of participation and network ties on the decisions of ...