Lee began working at MoRAP in November of 2008. As a vegetation ecologist, he has been working on modeling historical and existing vegetation for various projects, including the Texas Ecological Systems Classification project, the East-West Gateway project in Missouri and Illinois, and National Park Service projects in Missouri and Arkansas. He assists other MoRAP staff with GIS and data management tasks associated with these and other projects. He also works closely with staff at NatureServe as they continue to develop vegetation classifications at various scales, and applies these classification systems where appropriate.
Lee received a B.S. in Zoology from Auburn University in Alabama and an M.S. in Botany from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a focus on plant ecology. He has worked within several disciplines of biological field work in Arizona, Indiana, Texas, Montana, California, Alaska, Venezuela, and Tanzania. While much of his early worked focused on vertebrate behavioral ecology, he returned to the field of vegetation ecology and most recently worked as an ecologist for the Texas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.