Steve teaches courses on restoration ecology, conservation ecology, and sustainability science; he has taught courses on environmental analysis, parks and protected areas, and sustainable agriculture
Steve leads the Conservation and Restoration Ecology (CaRE) research group. In addition to the eponymous areas of conservation and restoration ecology, our research is tied to tests of socioecological resilience in a variety of locales around the world, a variety of human designated and influenced lands and waters (industrial sites, urban areas, agroecosystems, parks and protected areas). Steve leads the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation (ERA), the Centre for Applied Sciences in Ontario Protected Areas (CASIOPA), and the Western Ontario Stream Monitoring and Assessment Team (WeSMART). Our research spans populations through landscape scales, though many projects are focused on ecological communities. Students are encouraged to develop their own focus and independent projects albeit within the general subject areas above. Some projects have funding attached for students; all relevant project ideas are welcome for potential thesis students.