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Stephen Faulkner


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Stephen Faulkner
11649 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: 304-724-4471
Fax: 304-724-4465

Short Biography

Steve Faulkner is a supervisory research ecologist at the Leetown Science Center in Kearneysville, WV. Growing up exploring the forests of central Maryland led him to pursue his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. in wetland biogeochemical ecology at Duke University. After graduate school, he held faculty positions at LSU before joining USGS in 2002. Steve has studied various aspects of forest and wetland ecosystem sustainability and restoration including soil redox chemistry, carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, and the effects of climate and land-use change on ecosystem services. He currently serves as Chief of the Aquatic Ecology Branch at Leetown where he leads a team of seven scientists with research programs in genetics, aquatic ecology, and landscape ecology.

Full Biography


Ph.D. 1994. Duke University (Biogeochemical Ecology)      

M.S. 1982. Louisiana State University (Forestry)      

B.S. 1979. Louisiana State University (Forestry)      



Chief /Supervisory Research Ecologist, Aquatic Ecology Branch, Leetown Science Center, Kearneysville, WV.  I serve as Chief of the Aquatic Ecology Branch at the Leetown Science Center, where I lead a diverse team of scientists with expertise in landscape ecology (spatial analysis and modeling of land use, land use change, and impacts on aquatic ecosystems), stream fish ecology (responses to environmental quality, stream physical habitat, stream food web modeling), decision analysis and statistics (methods and protocols to sample and monitor populations of aquatic organisms, landscape-level studies of aquatic organisms and their habitats, improve management strategies for conservation efforts using adaptive management and structured decision making), and conservation genetics and genomics (identification, development, testing, and application of DNA microsatellite markers, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers, gene expression profiles, real-time PCR gene product quantification, pathogen identification).


Research Ecologist, National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA (2002-2009) – Primary research areas were wetland carbon and nitrogen biogeochemistry, climate change, integrated landscape science and monitoring.

Adjunct Professor, Departments of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2002-2009)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2002-2009)

Assistant Professor, Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute/Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (1996-2002) - Developed and taught three new courses in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences: Environmental Chemistry of Wetlands, Wetland Delineation and Functional Assessment, and Restoration Ecology, led the development of a new concentration in Wetland Science and Management.


Assistant Professor-Research, Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (1992-1996) - Functional comparisons of created, restored, and natural wetlands, water quality factors affecting iron and manganese oxidation in reservoir release water, water quality functions of restored bottomland hardwood wetlands


Ecological Society of America

Subject Matter Editor, Ecological Applications 2011-present


Society of Wetland Scientists

Chairman, Lifetime Achievement/Merit Awards Subcommittee, 2003-2008

Chairman, Awards Committee, 2008-Present

Science Topics

Science TopicSubtopic
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Ecology and Environmentecosystem functions
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentforests
Ecology and Environmentwetlands
Environmental Issuesland use change
Environmental Issuesnonpoint-source pollution
Environmental Issueswater quality
Natural Resourcesnatural gas resources
Natural Resourcesnatural resource management
Natural Resourcesresource extraction
Natural Resourcessoil resources
Natural Resourceswater resources

USGS Science Strategy Areas

  1. Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change
  2. Climate Variability & Change
  3. '>Energy & Minerals for America's Future

Research Focus

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Forecasting the Effects of Land-Use and Climate Change on Ecosystem Services

The resilience, sustainability, and restoration of forest and wetland ecosystems has a direct impact on many federal and state agencies with natural resource missions and responsibilities. Systematic approaches to understanding these broad and complex problems require multi-disciplinary science teams using both mensurative and manipulative field and laboratory studies combined with modeling at multiple scales (plots, watersheds, regions). A significant component includes conducting and disseminating applied research findings to federal and state natural resource managers and decision-makers. This comprehensive approach is concentrated in two broad areas of particular interest to the scientific community, natural resource managers, and decision-makers: 1) effects of climate- and land-use change and 2) sustaining and restoring ecosystem services in altered landscapes.

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