Steven Handel, Hon. ASLA, Distinguished Professor of Ecology at Rutgers University, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, studies the restoration ecology of urban and degraded habitats and how this can mesh with landscape architecture design. He is the Editor of the journal Ecological Restoration and is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He received the Theodore Sperry Award from the Society of Ecological Restoration for his work on urban habitat restoration. He received his BA in biology from Columbia University, and M.S. and PhD in ecology and evolution from Cornell University.