Board Bio: Brian Klatt


Brian Klatt has worked in natural resource conservation and environmental protection for over 30 years, and has served as the Director of the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) since 2009.

Klatt served on the US Section Council as representative-at-large and representative for the Midwest Region for a total of 8 years. During most of that time, he also served as Vice Chair of the Council, and twice represented the Council at NatureServe’s former Joint Member Management Meeting (“J3M”). He also served on the NatureServe Strategic Planning Committee and the Resolutions Team of the Habitat Suitability Modeling effort.

During his tenure, MNFI has played an active role in NatureServe efforts, including being a beta-tester for Biotics5, hosting BWB in 2015, serving as one of the Habitat Suitability Modeling hubs, and providing time for staff to participate in various NatureServe committees and work groups.

Prior to joining MNFI, Klatt held positions with the US Dept. of the Army, US Environmental Protection Agency, in the environmental consulting arena, and more recently, administrative and faculty positions with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Klatt holds a BS in zoology from the University of Michigan (1975), an MS in biology from Northern Illinois University (1979), and a PhD in ecology from the University of Illinois (1986). He is a certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), a member of various scientific societies, and he is active in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).