Michael Steele, professor of biology at Wilkes University, was appointed a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University for the 2012-2013 academic year. As a fellow, Steele will spend 11 months conducting research at Harvard Forest in Massachusetts.
Steele’s research at Harvard will focus on the preparation of a book that summarizes his research on oak dispersal over the past 25 years. He also will collaborate with faculty at Harvard on several questions concerning oak ecology, and organize an international team of colleagues from Harvard, Purdue University, Wilkes, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to investigate global patterns of oak-animal interactions.
Steele is the co-author and co-editor of six books. His most recent works include Squirrels of the World, which is due to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012, and Terrestrial Vertebrates of Pennsylvania: A Complete Guide to Species of Conservation Concern, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010.
Established in 1962, the Charles Bullard Fellowship program was created to support the study and advanced research of individuals likely to make important contributions as scholars or administrators in forest ecology. The fellowship is a highly competitive program that only accepts a few recipients each year from a large applicant pool, worldwide.
Steele has been part of the Wilkes biology department faculty since 1989. He is a professor of biology and the H. Fenner Chair of Research Biology. Steele’s research interests include evolutionary ecology, behavioral, population and community ecology of vertebrates, plant-herbivore interactions, foraging behavior, and seed predation and dispersal. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Pennsylvania Wild Resource Conservation Fund.
Steele’s research has been featured by Associated Press, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, New York Times, and more than a dozen other media outlets. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Research, Wilkes University Innovative Teaching Award, and numerous other teaching and research awards.
Steele received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in ecology and behavior from Wake Forest University.