Michael is a research ecologist with the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center, where he has worked since 1999. His research focuses on the use of decision theory, quantitative analysis, and predictive modelling to inform wildlife and public health management. He has worked on projects with migratory birds, national wildlife refuges, endangered species, marine mammals, and SARS-CoV-2. He was co-chair of the Polar Bear Recovery Team, work for which he received the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 Recovery Champion Award. He co-designed the decision science curriculum for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.