- BS, Biology, University of Michigan
- MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
- PhD, Ecology, University of California at Davis
Steve joined Sierra Nevada College in 1992. His academic interests include conservation biology, the ecology of freshwater systems, the flora of the Sierra and Great Basin, mathematical and statistical reasoning, and land use conflicts in the western United States. Recently he has developed an interest in the ecology and management of the High Sierra and is working on book on the natural history associated with the John Muir Trail. He teaches courses in environmental science and mathematics, and served as department chair from 2001-2008.
Steve is an avid mountain and road cyclist. He participates in numerous long-distance cycling events such as the Davis Double Century and the Death Ride. Last spring he did the Solvang Double Century on a tandem with his son. He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and sea kayaking. Recently he has developed a passion for nature photography, especially emphasizing macro shots of insect/plant interactions. A collection of Ellsworth’s photos can be found at the following website: http://sellsworth.deviantart.com/.
His wife, Julie, is a biology professor at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. She is actively involved in recruiting and mentoring underrepresented high school students into biomedical programs and the college and university level. Information on this program can be found at the following website: http://www.unr.edu/inbre/Training/TMCC_Pipeline.html.