Stephen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and raised in Florida. He attended the University of Florida and in 2008 received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. During his time with UF he volunteered at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Department of Herpetology and interned with the US Forest Service studying the effects of fire management regimes on herpetofauna populations. In 2009 he began his M.S. in Zoology at the University of Cape Town studying anthropogenic impacts of migration and dispersal patterns of the endangered Western Leopard Toad. After completing his masters he worked as a project manager for Utah State University studying ecohydrology in Kruger National Park South Africa. Stephen’s main research interests lies with landscape level impacts of human disturbance and climate change patterns. He is also deeply interested in outdoors exploration and an avid scuba diver and surfer.