MN Dept. of Natural Resources
Michael Lee was raised on a farm in the Minnesota Blufflands of eastern Fillmore County. He earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees in Wildlife Biology from St. Cloud State University. He has been employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a Botanist and Plant Ecologist with the Minnesota Biological Survey since 1992. Michael has logged thousands of miles afoot cataloging the flora throughout most of the state, with a significant amount of that effort focused in forested regions. Michael has documented the state’s flora with over 9,000 plant collections to date, these housed at the Bell Museum of Natural History (where he is a Museum Associate) and other major North American Herbaria. These collections include over 1,400 rare plant records, and 11 new state records.