Mike Knoerr is a native to northern Illinois and spent his childhood wandering oak-hickory forest, marshes and bur-oak savannas. After receiving his BS at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2008, Mike spent much of the last decade sampling and monitoring wildlife, particularly aquatic species, in the rivers and wetlands of the southern Appalachia. After a stint teaching High School Biology and
Environmental Science in Lake Lure, NC, Mike went on to graduate school at Clemson University where he assessed bog turtle population status and mechanisms of decline in the NC mountains. Southern Appalachian rivers, and the biodiversity found within, are what brought Mike to the region in the first place. He is thrilled beyond measure to contribute to their restoration via his new position as a private lands biologist.