Mike Kost serves as Associate Curator at University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum and as a Lecturer in the School for Environment and Sustainability, where he teaches a course on ecology and botany entitled Herbaceous Flora and Ecosystems. As a curator he focuses on making data on the living collections at Matthaei-Nichols accessible for teaching, learning, and research. Before joining U-M, he served as the Lead Ecologist and a Senior Conservation Scientist with Michigan Natural Features Inventory at Michigan State University Extension, where he focused on documenting and describing the natural communities of Michigan and working with natural resource agencies on identifying key sites for biodiversity conservation and management. In this role, he coauthored over 80 publications, including the books “A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan”; “Prairies and Savannas in Michigan”; and “Exploring the Prairie Fens Wetlands of Michigan”. In this webinar, Mike will be describing the findings from a three-year research project on oak regeneration in Lower Michigan that he conducted with Jeff Lee while at Michigan Natural Features Inventory.