Steve first began exploring nature in the urban parks of his childhood home in Birmingham, UK. After emigrating to Canada, he earned degrees from York University and Dalhousie University before relocating to Hong Kong, where he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong. His dissertation explored the feasibility of reintroducing Silver Pheasants into Hong Kong’s forests.
In addition to birding, Steve's interests include soccer, guitar, poker, and single-malt whisky. He is currently learning to juggle and play the banjo, (though he accepts it is unlikely he will ever be able to do both at the same time). After travelling the world together, Steve and his wife, Resa, currently live in Oshawa, Canada.
A recent trip to Antarctica means Steve has now pursued his birdwatching hobby on eight continents (yes, eight - see A Dance of Cranes). As a contributing field editor with Asian Geographic, he travelled to destinations such as Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea, to cover stories on everything from silk villages to seahorses to birdwing butterflies. Steve's freelance articles on travel, writing, and environmental issues have appeared in publications all around the world, including the Globe & Mail (Canada), Action Asia (Singapore), The Melbourne Age (Australia), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Literary Hub (US), and BBC Wildlife (UK).
Steve's first work of fiction, A Siege of Bitterns, won the Crime Writers of Canada award for Best First Novel, and was selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s top 100 books of the year. The Birder Murder mystery series currently features seven titles (see the Books page on this web site), and there are more to come!