Botanist at Copperhead Environmental Consulting, LLC



Dr. Steven Brewer (right) with Sipriano Canti in the cacao farm.

Dr. Steven W. Brewer is the in-house botanist for Copperhead Environmental Consulting, LLC. Steven’s love of nature began as a toddler exploring his backyard and its plant and animal inhabitants. Steven has grown his early backyard experiences to include a wide variety of ecosystems, from Alaska to the Amazon, including tropical and temperate rainforests, coastal savannas, dunes and wetlands, chaparral, boreal forests, and arctic tundra. He gained formal research and teaching experience as he finished his doctorate in Plant Biology from UC Davis, his masters in his Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and his bachelors in Biology from Duke University.

After seven years of research and teaching in a university setting, Dr. Brewer moved full-time into field applications of botany and plant ecology for conservation and protection of natural resources. He is currently focused on the biology and assessment of plant species and their natural communities in Central America and in the southeastern United States. Dr. Brewer has spent significant portions of the last 22 years conducting tropical fieldwork and lending his expertise to the conservation and academic community working in Belize, Central America. He specializes in field and herbarium identification of vascular plants, field surveys for rare plants and their communities, plant population dynamics, plant community surveys, and landscape-level assessments of vegetation. Additionally, Dr. Brewer teaches and trains aspiring and acting natural resource rangers, technicians, and biologists in field methods in ecology.

Although he is passionate about plants, Dr. Brewer enjoys photography, hiking and trail-running, and spending time with his dogs.


Brewer, S.W. (1996). Suggestions and ideas for research permits and managing scientific research in the Bladen Nature Reserve: a preliminary report to the Belize Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources. University of California. Davis, California.

Brewer, S.W., Rejmánek, M., Johnstone, E.E., & Caro, T.M. (1997). Top-down control in Tropical Forests. Biotropica, 29(3): 364-367.

Brewer, S.W. (1999). The palms of Belize: species richness and a key based on vegetative characters. Palms, 43(3): 109-113.

Brewer, S.W. & Rejmánek, M. (1999). Small rodents as significant dispersers of tree seeds in a neotropical forest. Journal of Vegetation Science, 10: 165-174.

Brewer, S.W. (2001). Predation and dispersal of large and small seeds of a tropical palm. Oikos, 92:245-255.

Brewer, S.W. & Webb, M.A.H. (2001). Ignorant seed predators and factors affecting the seed survival of a tropical palm. Oikos, 93:32-41.

Brewer, S.W. & Webb, M.A.H. (2002). A seasonal evergreen forest in Belize: unusually high tree species richness for northern Central America. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 138: 275-296.

Brewer, S.W., Rejmánek, M., Webb, M.A.H., & Fine, P.V.A. (2003). Relationships of phytogeography and diversity of tropical tree species with limestone topography in southern Belize. Journal of Biogeography, 30: 1669-1688.

Brewer, S.W. (2006). Forest research in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – November 2006. Report to the Belize Audubon Society of Research Activities.

Brewer, S.W. (2007). A field key to the palms of Belize.

Brewer, S.W. (nd). Biogeography and forest ecology of the Bladen Nature Reserve. Scientific report to the Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources of Research Activities in the Bladen Nature Reserve 2002-2006.