Mike Kost formerly served as the lead ecologist and a senior conservation scientist with
Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University Extension and is now the Native Plant
Specialist with Matthaei Botanical Gardens. He has coauthored more than 75 publications, including three
books on the natural communities of Michigan. Mike also managed the adult natural history education
program for The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. He has also worked as a naturalist for the University
of Wisconsin-Extension and as a land steward for the Koenen Land Preserve in Milwaukee. He earned a
B.S. in Public and Environmental Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and an M.S.
in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.