Steven Petersen graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department
of Rangeland Ecology and Management in 2004. The experience and knowledge he
gained during his education prepared him for a future career in academia. He
was employed by the department to teach a suite of rangeland classes including
arid-land plant identification, ecophysiology, landscape ecology and rangeland
ecology and management.
He is currently an assistant professor at Brigham Young
University where he teaches landscape ecology, natural resource planning and
forest ecology and management. He conducts research on the spatio-temporal
effects of juniper invasion on natural resources, sage-grouse habitat
assessment at broad spatial scales, and the impacts of wild horse distribution
patterns on plant community structure.
He advises graduate and undergraduate
students, is the coach for the BYU plant team, and an advisor for the range and