Steve W. Chadde is a botanist and plant ecologist with degrees from the University of Wyoming and Montana State University. He spent much of his professional career working for the US Forest Service, the Montana Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, and for various ecological consulting firms. His fields of expertise include wetlands ecology, endangered species surveys, natural areas management, and mine land reclamation. He worked at numerous locations in the Rocky Mountain west, the Great Plains and Midwest. Now semi-retired, he enjoys preparing botany-related field guides such as "A Great Lakes Wetland Flora," first published in 1998 and now in its 4th edition (2012), and his most recent books, "Wisconsin Flora" and "Minnesota Flora" (2013), the first complete floras for each state.