Biological Surveys - Botany


John Taft (BS, MS, PhD)

Biological Surveys and Assessment Program - Botany Coordinator

University of Illinois - Illinois Natural History Survey


Office Address:

1816 S Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Telephone: (217) 244-5046
INHS Staff Page



  • B.S., General Agriculture, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1979
  • M.S., Botany, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1982
  • Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, UIUC, 1999

About Me:

My principal duties with the Biological Surveys Group include coordination of the botanical survey program. We survey Illinois Department of Transportation project areas for the occurrence of high-quality natural communities and occurrences of threatened and endangered species. I am also involved in teaching and research. I teach Native Plant ID and Floristics here at UIUC and serve on graduate committees, help direct student research projects, and am an occasional guest lecturer. I give numerous presentations annually to public and professional groups with a focus on vegetation ecology.