Mike Leahy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Master of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan State University. He has worked for over 20 years for state natural resource agencies. Currently Mike is the Natural Areas Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. He lives in Jefferson City with his wife and son. Mike enjoys hiking, camping, botanizing, birding, fishing, and exploring streams with his family.