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Steven E Hanser

Since 2019, Steve has served as the Deputy Center Director of the Fort Collins Science Center. 

Before his current position at the Fort Collins Science Center, Steve was the Sagebrush Ecosystem Program Specialist in the Ecosystems Mission Area where he led the USGS effort to provide research and technical assistance on sage-grouse and sagebrush ecosystem management to the Department of the Interior, DOI bureaus, State wildlife agencies, and other partners. This work focused on inter-agency coordination, setting multi-agency research priorities, developing high-profile information syntheses, increasing outreach and communication opportunities, and improving multi-agency data sharing tools. Prior to his position in Reston, Steve spent 13 years working in the field at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Boise, ID where he focused on using geospatial tools and field-based measures to improve the understanding of the multi-scale environmental drivers of wildlife populations.


Professional Experience

  • Deputy Center Director, Fort Collins Science Center, U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: June 2019 - Present

  • Chief, Invasive Species Science Branch (Acting), U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: July 2022 - Present

  • Chief, Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics Research Branch (Acting), U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: July 2019 - January 2022

  • Chief, Decision Support Science and Tools Branch (Acting), U. S. Geological Survey, Ft. Collins, CO: April 2019 - June 2020

  • Sagebrush Ecosystem Program Specialist (Acting), U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA: June 2019 - Sept 2019

  • Sagebrush Ecosystem Program Specialist, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA: January 2015 – June 2019

  • Wildland Fire Science Coordinator (Acting), U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA: July 2014 - Oct 2014

  • Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID: 2002-2015

  • Biological Science Technician, , U.S. Geological Survey, Boise, ID: 2002

  • GIS Intern, City of Pocatello, Pocatello, ID: 2002

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID: 1999–2002

  • Research Technician, Iowa State University, Ames, IA: 1998-1999

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Iowa Cooperative Research Unit, Ames, IA: 1998-1999

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Biology, Idaho State University, 2002

  • Geotechnologies Post-baccalaureate Certification, Idaho State University, 2002

  • B.S. Biology, Iowa State University, 1999

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