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 Northern Superior Uplands Section. In 2017, the principal focus of her plant and plant community field work moved west to the Northern MN and Ontario Peatlands Section.

2018 Field Season: Continue work in the Agassiz Lowlands Subsection, primarily in Koochiching County, begun in 2017.

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

2018 Field Season: Mower and Pine counties, Prairie Parkland Province and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Province.

Previous Field Seasons: Prairie Parkland Province and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Province, 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.

2018 Field Season: Goodhue, Scott, St. Louis, Pine, Carlson counties.

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

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: Statewide.

Nathan Dahlberg

Nathan Dahlberg works on the new Ecological Monitoring Network project, assessing overall trends in native plant communities statewide. He has previously worked monitoring coastal wetlands along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior with the University of Wisconsin Superior. Additionally Nathan has worked as a freelance botanist, contracting with the DNR working in Pine County, surveying vegetation in the St. Louis River estuary (Duluth/Superior), and designing a database that compiles over 10 years of vegetation data from 16 projects in the St. Louis River estuary.

2018 Field Season: Statewide- Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Brown, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Crow Wing, Douglas, Fillmore, Hubbard, Itasca, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Koochiching, Mahnomen, Meeker, Morrison, Olmsted, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Sherburne, St. Louis, Swift, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine.

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.

2018 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.

2018 Field Season: Statewide

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide

Nicole Gerjets

Nicole Gerjets started working for MBS as a bee survey specialist in 2017 for the grassland bee project. Her fieldwork consists of conducting bee surveys focused in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest.

2018 Field Season: Eastern Broadleaf Forest and Tallgrass Aspen Parkland provinces.

Previous Field Seasons: Oak Savanna ecological subsection, especially Rice, Waseca, Steele, Freeborn, LeSeuer, Sibley, McLeod, Meeker counties.

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.

2018 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.

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.

2018 Field Season: Ottertail, Wilkin, Grant and Douglas counties.

Previous Field Seasons:  Minnesota's prairie region.

Carol Hall

Carol Hall has been MBS' lead herpetologist since 1991.

2018 Field Season: Collaborating with Nongame, SNA, Parks &Trail staff and others on amphibian and reptile surveys in central and southern Minnesota. Efforts focus on turtles of forested rivers in the southeast; snakes of grasslands out west; and salamanders and seasonal wetlands in east central Minnesota.

Previous Field Seasons:  2017: MN River Valley and rivers of SE MN; 2014-2016: MN and Mississippi River Valleys; 2011-2013: Hennepin, Chisago, St. Louis counties and the St. Croix River; 2009-2010: Oak Savanna and Minnesota River Prairie Subsections; 2008: Laurentian Mixed Forest Province; 2006-2007: Northcentral Glaciated Plains Section; 2004-2005: Pine Moraines and Outwash Plains Subsection; 2000-2003: North Superior Uplands and Mille Lacs Uplands Subsections; 1998-1999: Minnesota River Prairie Subsection; 1997: Big Woods Subsection; 1995-96: Paleozoic Plateau and Rochester Plateau Subsections; 1994: Mille Lacs Uplands Subsection; 1993: Paleozoic Plateau Subsection; 1991-1992: Morrison County.

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.

2018 Field Season: Lac Qui Parle Prairie, Northwestern Minnesota.

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.

2018 Field Season: Goodhue, Scott, St. Louis, Pine, Carlson counties.

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide.

Rebecca Holmstrom

Rebecca Holmstrom has been working as a plant ecologist and botanist for MBS in the northeastern part of Minnesota since 2007.

2018 Field Season: Rare plant monitoring in the Littlefork-Vermilion Uplands Subsection.

Previous Field Seasons: St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton, and Pine counties

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.

2018 Field Season: Border Lakes Subsection.

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

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson has been surveying Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) since 1990— at the age of five— but didn't join MBS until 2009. His field work has focused on the Laurentian Mixed Forest and Tallgrass Aspen Parklands provinces, but he is currently working to expand surveys across the state.

2018 Field Season: Statewide.

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.  He spent several field seasons conducting surveys for all amphibian and reptiles species statewide. Recent field season projects have focused on western ratsnakes, gophersnakes (bullsnakes), plains hog-nosed snakes, eastern hog-nosed snakes, North American racers, five-lined skinks, spotted salamanders, and four-toed salamanders, some involving radio-telemetry and drift fences. These projects took place in southeastern, northeastern, and west central Minnesota.

2018 Field Season: western, southeastern, and northeastern Minnesota.

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide with recent focus on Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Redwood, Renville, Pine, Carlton, Wabasha, Winona, Fillmore, and Houston counties.

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee has been working as a MBS plant ecologist and botanist since 2012. He lives in Duluth and works primarily in northeastern Minnesota conducting rare plant and native plant community surveys. Previously, Jeff worked for Michigan’s natural heritage program.

2018 Field Season: Border Lakes, Littlefork Vermilion Uplands, and Agassiz Lowlands ECS Subsections of Koochiching County.

Previous Field Seasons: Border Lakes and Littlefork Vermilion Uplands Subsections of Koochiching County. Border Lakes ECS Subsection of St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties.

Michael Lee

Michael Lee began his tenure with MBS on the small mammal crew at Camp Ripley in 1992. He evolved to an MBS botanist/plant ecologist in 1993 working in Dakota County. Since then he has conducted botanical and ecological surveys throughout much of the state though his efforts have been focused in the forested regions (Eastern Broadleaf Forest and Laurentian Mixed Forest ECS provinces).

2018 Field Season: rare plant monitoring and botanical survey in southeast, central, and northeast Minnesota; MBS field survey in Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.

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

Courtney Millaway

Courtney Millaway joined MBS as an aquatic botanist in 2017. Her work focuses on aquatic botanical surveys throughout the state and includes collaboration with the DNR’s Lake Habitat Program.

2018 Field Season: Pope, Swift, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Wright, Carver, Chisago, and Washington counties. North Fork Crow River watershed.

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.

2018 Field Season: Koochiching County

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

Jessica Petersen

Jessica Petersen began working for MBS in the summer of 2018. She directs surveys for invertebrates.

2018 Field Season: Statewide.

Previous Field Seasons: Work involving bees, butterflies, and flies in native and agricultural ecosystems in Minnesota's Prairie Parkland Province.

Erika Rowe

Erika Rowe has worked for MBS as a plant ecologist/botanist since 2002. Up until 2017, her work has focused on counties in the north-central region of Minnesota, where the prairie, patterned peatlands, and Laurentian mixed forest convene. She has also worked in the Blufflands region of southeast Minnesota doing focused vegetation surveys. Beginning in 2017, she now coordinates the Ecological Monitoring Network (EMN), a project that is establishing long-term vegetation plots statewide to achieve a broader understanding of potential changes taking place across all of our native plant communities as a result of habitat fragmentation, climate change and the spread of invasive species, to name a few.

2018 Field Season: Statewide.

Previous Field Seasons: Statewide, but specifically Beltrami, Becker, Cass, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, and Winona counties.

Steve Stucker

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

2018 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 statewide Minnesota Long-Term Ecological Monitoring. 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.

2018 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' 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. His field work was primarily in Roseau and Pine counties; but he also assisted with surveys throughout northern Minnesota.

Amy Arndorfer

Amy Arndorfer worked as a Bee Survey Specialist with MBS from 2016-2018, and worked primarily in the Minnesota's prairie regions. Her fieldwork contributed to the goal of creating a state species list for bees.

Laura Bosacker

Laura Bosacker worked on the new Minnesota Ecological Monitoring project, assessing overall trends in native plant communities statewide. Previously she worked in consulting, performing wetland delineations, rare plant surveys, vegetation monitoring and other botanical surveys throughout northern Minnesota, as well as in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Wyoming.

Crystal Boyd

Crystal Boyd joined MBS in 2013 after working with the Minnesota State Wildlife Action Plan. She initiated MBS’s native bee surveys and compiled the first comprehensive state species list of bees. She also served on the Interagency Pollinator Protection Team and contributed to the 2017 Minnesota State Agency Pollinator Report. Please visit this webpage to learn more about Crystal's grassland bee project. In 2018, Crystal transitioned to a new position as the Pollinator Programs Manager for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Her field season work was in the Prairie Parkland Province, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands Province, and Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province.

Carmen Converse

Carmen Converse was the survey's creator and face of the program from its beginning in 1987 through spring 2015. Carmen performed prairie survey work for MBS in western Minnesota in MBS's early years.

Robert Dana

Robert Dana started working with MBS as a plant ecologist in 1987 and was the Prairie Ecologist for the Natural Heritage and Nongame Research Program between 1991 and 2007. Robert is an entomologist by training and conducted insect surveys for MBS, along with prairie vegetation monitoring work for the Landowner Incentive Program.

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 worked in various counties in northern Minnesota through 2015.

Adam Maleski

Adam Maleski joined MBS in 2015 after working on Camp Ripley animal surveys, ranging from bats to bears to hawks to turtles. He  netted and radio-tracked Northern Long-eared Bat females, conducted small mammal surveys, and assisted with other MBS animal surveys in Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods counties.

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 surveyed Martin, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray (part), Nobles (part), Mahnomen, Polk (east), and Marshall counties for MBS.

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.