Brian Klatt Named Michigan Natural Features Inventory Director

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Brian Klatt has been named director of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) as of Feb. 1.

Since 1997, Klatt has headed Klatt Environmental Associates in Brighton, Mich. From 1995 to 2005, he was associate director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan. He also taught environmental biology at Lansing Community College.

Klatt replaces Yu man Lee, who has served as interim director of MNFI since November 2007.

Klatt received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Michigan, his master’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He is a certified senior ecologist and a member of several ecological professional organizations.

The Michigan Natural Features Inventory maintains a database that records locations and numbers of endangered and threatened species, and some species of concern. Staff members also document threatened rare communities in the state. The database is used by state and federal agencies, researchers, private companies and consultants to evaluate threats to Michigan’s endangered and threatened species.

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