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About David

I am Dr. David Steen and I’m a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist. I maintain this blog because I feel outreach about natural history and conservation is important and helps foster an appreciation of wildlife and wild landscapes.

I am the Reptile and Amphibian Research Leader of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Executive Director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization), and serve on the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Network. But, this blog is just me.

Check out my first book:Secrets of Snakes: the Science Beyond the Myths!

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Some of my writing: Slate | Motherboard | Earth Touch | LiveScience | Cool Green Science


All of my posts are licensed under a Creative Commons copyright. In other words, you may copy, distribute, and transmit what I have written, but you must attribute the text to and provide a link to this blog. You may not edit what I have written and you may not use for commercial purposes anything I have written. Most of the photographs that appear on this blog are mine, many are not. If you reproduce any of my posts, include the following byline (with links activated if online):

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

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