Steve received his B.S. in Environmental and Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and his M.S. in Taxonomic Botany from the University of Florida.
Steve has visited many sites across the state inventorying and studying its rare plants. He is one of the authors of the online New York Rare Plant Conservation Guides and the New York Rare Plant Status Lists. He is also the founder of the Adirondack Botanical Society, coordinator of the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area from 2010-2016, and secretary of the New York Flora Association.