Special Donor: SPONSOR OF 10 PAMCA STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS ANNUALLY
Dr. Brian D. Anderson received his B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College in 1976. He received his M.A. in Zoology from DePauw University where he researched the role of House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) as hosts of St. Louis Encephalitis. He completed his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Louisville.
He came to Illinois in 1985 to become the third Director of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission (INPC). Under his 10-year leadership the INPC staff grew and protected over 100 new Illinois Nature Preserves. The Rules for Management of Illinois Nature Preserves were updated, the Master Planning Process was modernized, and the Register of Land and Water Reserves was established. During this period Brian also facilitated, and help staff, Governor Edgar’s Water Resources and Land Use Priorities Task Force which laid the foundation for Conservation 2000. After going on an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) to the National Biological Service, where he helped lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Biological Resources Division within the U.S. Geological Survey, Brian returned to accept the position of Conservation 2000 Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). He then helped establish the Ecosystem Partnership Program of Conservation 2000, and supported and promoted the Critical Trends Assessment Project, EcoWatch, and Watershed Management programs within IDNR. Brian eventually also served IDNR as Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Analysis, where he served as liaison between IDNR and the Illinois Scientific Surveys and State Museum; and as Director of the Office of Resource Conservation. In these capacities he represented IDNR on Governor Ryan’s Smart Growth Cabinet and Energy Subcabinet, and in response to Executive Order 5, 2002, chaired the development of a proposal for water quantity management in Illinois. Brian left Illinois state government after nearly 20 years of service to become Chair of the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) in 2004. In 2006 he became the Assistant to the President for Planning and Institutional Improvement at LLCC. In May of 2008 Brian became the 8th Chief of the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), and immediately became immersed in migrating the INHS from State of Illinois oversight into the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). As one of many changes related to the transition to UIUC, his title has become “Director” of INHS. Brian currently is coordinating the update of the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory, and has recently completed an IPA with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part-time Interim Science Coordinator for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (UMGL LCC).
He now serves as a Senior Science Advisor to both the UMGL and the Eastern Tall grass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC.