Steve was raised in Athens, Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources (Timber Management) from the University of Georgia, followed by a Master of Science (Forest Soils) from the University of Florida. Steve then moved to the South Carolina Lowcountry, where he worked in the forest industry for 37 years.
Steve held several different positions within the industry primarily related to providing technical support to field foresters in the areas of soils and silvicultural practices with the goal of increasing sustainable forest productivity. In this capacity, he had the opportunity to collaborate on major research projects with forestry professors from several major universities and scientists from the U.S. Forest Service.
For the past six years, Steve worked on a special project developing freeze-tolerant eucalyptus trees for use as hardwood fiber in the southeast.
Steve and his wife, Joy, have lived in Summerville since 1980. They have 3 married children and are enjoying six grandchildren. Steve joined the Center as a forester in the Sustainable Forestry Department on July 1, 2016.