Mike Leahy has worked for nearly 30 years with state conservation agencies in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions on the conservation and restoration of ecological communities ranging from tallgrass prairie to pine woodlands and oak savannas. Much of his work has occurred in Missouri where he has served as a natural history biologist, natural areas coordinator and natural community ecologist with the Conservation Department. Mike has worked on the inventory, restoration, and designation of many Missouri state natural areas.
Mike’s publications range from technical journal articles to more popular publications such as the recently revised and republished Discover Missouri Natural Areas – A guide to 50 great places published by the Conservation Department. He served for eight years on the Natural Area Association’s board of directors and is currently the chair of the association’s state programs committee. He was part of the core project team that worked with Paul Nelson on the landmark publication of The Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri book.
Mike’s first encounters with native landscapes was as a kid whose family often visited the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He has a BS in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MS in Forest Ecology from Michigan State University. He enjoys native plant gardening, botanizing, hiking, biking, fishing, camping and exploring streams with his family.