MBS Program Information

MBS survey procedures



Current MBS Staff

Complete contact information for MBS staff

Chel Anderson

Chel Anderson has worked as an ecologist and botanist in Minnesota since 1986, joining MBS in 1997 to work in the northeast.

2015 Field Season: St. Louis County portion of the Border Lakes Subsection.

Previous Field Seasons: Her MBS work has been throughout the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province in St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties.


Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson has been working with MBS as a botanist/plant ecologist in the Oak Savanna region of south-central Minnesota since 2007. He leads monitoring and surveying activities related to federally listed plants species (dwarf trout lily [Erythronium propullans], Leedy's roseroot [Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. leedyi], prairie bush clover [Lespedeza leptostachya], and western prairie fringed orchid [Platanthera praeclara]). Also, he has been a lead for small white lady's slipper (Cypripedium candidum) surveying and monitoring across the state since 2012.

2017 Field Season: Prairie Parkland Province and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Province

Previous Field Seasons: Dodge, Freeborn, Mower, Steele and Waseca counties.


Melissa Boman

Melissa Boman has been working as an Animal Survey Specialist with MBS since 2016. During winter, she has focused on monitoring the spread of White-nose Syndrome in our state's hibernating bats. Summer bat work has included mist netting for the federally-threatened Northern Long-eared Bat and locating their maternity roosts. She also conducts other small mammal surveys and assists with amphibian and reptile surveys, specifically surveys for salamanders and wood turtles, when possible.

2017 Field Season: Goodhue, Scott, St. Louis, Pine, Carlson counties.

Previous Field Seasons: Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Winona, Fillmore, Houston counties.


Crystal Boyd

Crystal Boyd joined MBS in 2013 after working with the Minnesota State Wildlife Action Plan. She focuses her fieldwork on prairies and is compiling the first comprehensive statewide list of bees. Please visit these DNR websites to learn more about Minnesota's native pollinators, pollinator resources, and Crystal's grassland bee project.

2015 Field Season: Prairie Parkland Province and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Province.


Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson has supervised MBS since 2015. He was a plant ecologist/botanist for MBS from 1997-2007 with fieldwork in north-central and northeast Minnesota. From 2007-2015 Bruce was the DNR NE Regional Plant Ecologist, a position in which he delivered and interpreted MBS data and analysis to land management and land-use decisions in northern and northeastern Minnesota.

Previous Field Seasons: Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pine, Carlton, Aitkin, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties


Robert Dana

Robert Dana has worked with MBS as a plant ecologist since 1987 and concurrently was the Prairie Ecologist for the Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program between 1991 and 2007. Robert is an entomologist by training and over the past two field seasons has conducted insect surveys for MBS, along with prairie vegetation monitoring work for the Landowner Incentive Program. This season he will be surveying rare moths and butterflies for MCBS in the Prairie region. Robert is also one of the writers for MBS's current book publication project on the native habitats of northwestern Minnesota's Red River Valley and Aspen Parkland region.

2015 Field Season: Prairie region in Minnesota

Previous Field Seasons: Clay, Norman, Wilkin, Traverse, Kittson Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca counties; Border Lakes Subsection in Cook County.


Bob Dunlap

Bob Dunlap has been working as a zoologist and data specialist with MBS since 2015 with an expertise in Minnesota birds. Prior to joining MBS, he conducted various bird surveys and did monitoring work for the DNR with a focus on the grasslands of western Minnesota. When he's not afield, Bob is part of the Natural Heritage Information Systems team that manages data on rare species in the state.

2017 Field Season: Koochiching and Lake of the Woods Counties

Previous Field Seasons: Beltrami and Lake of the Woods counties.


Margaret Edwards

Margaret Edwards has worked for MNDNR as a zoology data specialist since 2009, joining MBS in 2012. She is responsible for data management, MBS database design, and field work.

2015 Field Season: Statewide

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide


Dustin Graham

Dustin Graham has been a plant ecologist with MBS since 2014. His work focuses on updating NPC mapping in the prairie region. His field work consists of visiting areas not captured in a county's baseline surveys.

2015 Field Season: Blue Earth, Red Lake, Pennington, and Marshall counties.

Previous Field Seasons: The Lake Christina area and Northern Kandiyohi, Southern Pope, and Clay counties.


Carol Hall

Carol Hall has been MBS's lead herpetologist since 1991.

2017 Field Season: Collaborating with Nongame Staff and others on herpetology surveys of riparian areas in southern Minnesota. Efforts focus on forested rivers in the southeast and rock-outcrops along the Minnesota River in western MN.

Previous Field Seasons: 2015-Statewide;2011—Hennepin, Chisago, St. Louis counties; 2009/2010—Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca counties; 2008—Itasca County; 2007—Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan, Martin counties; 2006—Lincoln, Lyon, Pipestone, Murray, Rock, Nobles counties.


Fred Harris

Fred Harris has been a plant ecologist/botanist for MBS since 1992, working in counties concentrated mainly in northwestern Minnesota, the Minnesota River valley, and the Prairie Coteau.

2015 Field Season: Prairie monitoring at Lac qui Parle WMA/Chippewa Prairie Reserve and Caribou WMA.

Previous Field Seasons: Pennington, Red Lake, Polk (part), Olmsted, Hennepin, Scott, Carver, Sibley, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Blue Earth, Brown, Renville, Redwood, Yellow Medicine, McLeod, Meeker, Otter Tail (part), Pope (part), Rock, Pipestone, Murray (part), Nobles (part), Lincoln, Watonwan (part), Faribault (part), Norman (part) counties.


Andrew Herberg

Andrew Herberg has been working as an Animal Survey Specialist with MBS since 2015. Prior to 2015, he worked as a contractor for MBS helping to monitor plains hognose snakes in western Minnesota. His work now focuses primarily on monitoring the spread of White-nose Syndrome in our state's hibernating bats, conducting surveys for small mammals and rare non-game fish. He also assists with amphibian and reptile surveys, when possible.

2017 Field Season: Goodhue, Scott, St. Louis, Pine, Carlson counties.

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide.


Jen Gillen

Jenn Gillen joined MBS in 2015 as part of the data management team. She is responsible for data entry, data management, and assists in animal field surveys as often as possible.

2017 Field Season: Herpetology surveys in SE Minnesota

Previous Field Seasons: Assisted in River Turtle surveys on the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, Mudpuppy surveys throughout the state, and acoustic bat monitoring in the Central Region.


Rebecca Holmstrom

Rebecca Holmstrom has been working as an MBS plant ecologist/botanist in the northeastern part of Minnesota since 2007.

2015 Field Season: St. Louis County portions of Littlefork-Vermilion Uplands and Borderlakes Subsections

Previous Field Seasons: Nashwauk Uplands subsection in St. Louis County, Border Lakes subsection in Cook County, Carlton County, Laurentian Uplands subsection, and McCarthy Beach State Park (central St. Louis County).


Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson has worked with MBS as a plant ecologist/botanist since 2007. His work has been focused in central and west-central Minnesota. Before joining the Survey, Jason worked for the DNR Division of Forestry's Ecological Land Classification Program.

2015 Field Season: Border Lakes subsection.

Previous Field Seasons: Kanabec, Crow Wing, Aitkin, Clearwater counties.


Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson has done fieldwork for MBS since 2009, conducting surveys for rare butterflies and moths. He recently obtained his Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on the distribution, habitat, and natural history of several species of fritillaries (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae, genus Boloria), with emphasis on peatlands in the Great Lakes Region.

2015 Field Season: Agassiz Lowlands subsection.


Tom Klein

Tom Klein, information officer/graphic artist, has worked for MBS since 1989. He designs publications and materials related to MBS activities. He also manages the MBS web pages within the MN DNR's website.




Jeff LeClere

Jeff LeClere, zoologist specializing in amphibians and reptiles, has worked full time for MBS since 2008, and worked as an MCBS contractor for 12 years prior to that.

2015 Field Season: Statewide.

Previous Field Seasons: south-central counties.


Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee joined MBS June 2012 as a plant ecologist/botanist and will be working primarily in the Border Lakes Subsection. Jeff previously worked for Michigan's natural heritage program conducting vegetation surveys. He now lives in Duluth.

2017 Field Season: Border Lakes ECS Subsection of Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties plus Littlefork-Vermilion Uplands and Agassiz Lowlands ECS Subsections of Koochiching County.


Michael Lee

Michael Lee began his tenure with MBS on the small mammal crew at Camp Ripley in 1992. He started as a botanist/plant ecologist with MBS in Dakota County in 1993. He has focused his efforts since then throughout much of the forested part of the state, especially the Paleozoic Plateau, Northern Superior Uplands, Northern Minnesota & Northeast Iowa Morainal, Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains, Western Superior Uplands, and Southern Superior Uplands ECS Sections pdf.

2016 Field Season: primarily Blufflands and Border Lakes ECS Subsections; also Northwest Angle, Banning State Park.

Previous Field Seasons: Dakota, Fillmore, Wabasha, Winona, Houston, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Becker, Hubbard, Carlton, Pine, St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Benton, Morrison, Aitkin, Crow Wing, Cass, Kandiyohi counties.


Adam Maleski

Adam Maleski joined MBS in 2015 after working on Camp Ripley animal surveys, ranging from bats to bears to hawks to turtles. This season he is netting and radio-tracking Northern Long-eared Bat females, conducting small mammal surveys, and assisting with other MBS animal surveys.

2015 Field Season: Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.


Ethan Perry

Ethan Perry lives in Duluth and has been a plant ecologist for MBS in northeast and northcentral Minnesota since 2004. In 2003 he also conducted MBS bird surveys.

2017 Field Season: Koochiching County

Previous Field Seasons: Cass, southern St. Louis, Carlton, Itasca counties. Tamarack Lowlands subsection.


Erika Rowe

Erika Rowe has worked for MBS since 2002, first as a botanical assistant and then as a plant ecologist/botanist. Her work has been focused on the counties in northwestern Minnesota, where the prairie gives way to the deciduous and coniferous forests of the northeast.

2016 Field Season: Lake of the Woods and Winona counties.

Previous Field Seasons: Beltrami, Becker, Cass, Hubbard, counties.


Steve Stucker

Steve Stucker has been leading MBS's bird surveys since 1990.

2015 Field Season: Border Lakes Subsection; Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca counties.

Previous Field Seasons: Most recently Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca counties, the southeastern Blufflands, Minnesota River Valley counties, Mille Lacs Uplands, Itasca County.


Hannah Texler

Hannah Texler has been the MBS Plant Survey Supervisor since 2015. She oversees the work of the plant ecologists and botanists for the program, and is the project manager for the new Long-Term Ecological Monitoring Network. She also worked as a plant ecologist/botanist for MBS from 1990 to 1995, when she surveyed counties in the southeastern part of the state. Between 1995 and 2015, she served as the regional plant ecologist for southeastern and east-central Minnesota, and from 1985 to 1990, she worked for the Scientific and Natural Areas program.

2016 Field Season: Visiting sites around the state with MBS staff.

Previous Field Seasons: Rice, Goodhue, Winona, Wabasha, Dakota counties.


Daniel Wovcha

Daniel Wovcha has been a plant ecologist with MBS since 1991. In addition to plant community survey work, Daniel has worked on several MBS publication projects, including Minnesota's St. Croix River Valley and Anoka Sandplain: A guide to native habitats and the three-volume series Field guides to the native plant communities of Minnesota. He also has a role with MBS's current publication project: a book on the native habitats of northwestern Minnesota’s Red River Valley and Aspen Parkland region.
Previous Field Seasons: assistance with Border Lakes subsection surveys; assistance with prairie monitoring in west-central Minnesota; MBS plant community surveys in Carver, Hennepin, Scott, Wright counties.


Former MBS Staff

Norm Aaseng

Norm Aaseng was a plant ecologist/botanist with MBS from 1990 to 2017. Norm had previously been the DNR's Peatland Ecologist from 1979-1989. Most recently, he managed the plant (MnTaxa) and vegetation plot (Relevé) databases.

Previous Field Seasons: Roseau and Pine counties; assisted in surveys throughout northern Minnesota.


Carmen Converse

Carmen Converse supervised MBS from its beginning in 1987 through spring 2015. Carmen also did prairie survey work for MBS in western Minnesota.




Lawson Gerdes

Lawson Gerdes was the MBS Northern Coordinator until her retirement in spring 2016. She was also a plant ecologist with MBS from 1999. Her work area was the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, which includes most of the northern forested part of the state.



Lynden Gerdes

Lynden Gerdes performed botanical surveys for MBS from 1999 until his retirement in 2016. His floristic fieldwork was focused in Lake, Cook, St. Louis, and Itasca counties of the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province.



Courtney Kerns

Courtney Kerns joined MBS in May 2012 as a plant ecologist/botanist and is currently working in various counties in northern Minnesota.

2015 Field Season: Northern Minnesota.



Brett Nagle

Brett Nagle Worked for MBS as a zoologist/ichthyologist from 2008-2014 conducting non-game fish surveys as well as assisting with small mammal surveys in Cook, Dodge, Itasca, Lake, Mower, and Steele counties.



Stacey Olszlewski

Stacey Olszewski worked as an MBS plant ecologist from 2008–2010 doing field surveys in Cass County and assisting with follow-up surveys in Roseau and Pine counties.



Janeen Ruby

Janeen Ruby worked as a plant ecologist with MBS from 2009-2014 during which she conducted surveys for selected rare plants in southwestern Minnesota, native plant community inventory in Martin, Murray, and Nobles counties, as well as prairie monitoring in southern Minnesota. In addition to plant community survey work, Janeen entered data for various MBS projects, including the relevé database. She was the project manager for the MNTaxa project (MNDNR's list of the vascular plant species that have been documented in Minnesota). Janeen previously has worked for the Wisconsin DNR and the Missouri Conservation Department.


Nancy Sather

Nancy Sather has worked as a MBS ecologist since 1991, and concurrently as a Botanist/Ecologist with the Minnesota Natural Heritage Program from 1987-2008. She has served on federal Recovery Teams for three federally listed species: the dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans), the prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya), and as the team leader for the western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara) Recovery Team. She is one of the writers for MBS's current publication project on the native habitats of northwestern Minnesota's Red River Valley and Aspen Parkland region.

2015 Field Season: Selected federal rare plant monitoring projects.

Previous Field Seasons: Martin, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray (part), Nobles (part), Mahnomen, Polk (east), and Marshall counties.


Amanda Stoltzfus

Amanda Stoltzfus worked with MBS from 2006-2009 and from 2012-2015. She conducted moth surveys and assisted with fish, snake, turtle, dwarf trout lily, mudpuppy, mammal, and butterfly surveys.




Amy Westmark

Amy Westmark worked for MBS as a zoology data assistant from 2013-2015. She was responsible for data entry, data management and animal field surveys.