The living laboratory of Mollicy Farms - a 20,000-acre Conservancy floodplain restoration along the Ouachita River in northeast Louisiana—is a biohydrologist’s dream. Or so says Steve Haase. He acts as the senior scientist there, analyzing the relationships between water, plants and animals in an effort to restore and reconnect this floodplain to the larger river system.
As part of The Nature Conservancy’s Louisiana Chapter, Steve is deeply involved with research conducted at the Mollicy site. He also acts as a fellow for the Conservancy’s Great Rivers Partnership, through which his technical support advances conservation work on the lower Mississippi River and in Colombia and Brazil. Steve’s areas of interest include assessment of river channel stability, functionality and degree of alteration and departure from optimum condition. He also focuses on stream restoration using natural channel design principles.
Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2002, Steve held technical and management positions with a wide range of environmental clean-up projects and water resource investigations for public and private sector organizations. As a groundwater geologist for the state of New Mexico, he also co-led a team that developed a hydrogeologic model to support sustainable management practices for the sole drinking water aquifer that supplies the metropolitan area of Albuquerque.
Steve earned a B.A. degree in geology from Carleton College, a M.S. in geology from Brown University, and a doctorate in geology and geochemistry from Indiana University. He works to support his travel habit—especially to Central and South America—and also enjoys hiking, photography, kayaking (nothing above class 2-3!), orchid growing and glass fusing.