Michael is an ecologist and conservation biologist. A long time lecturer at San Francisco State in the Biology Department, and is the Acting Manager for the incipient San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Mike has extensive experience as an environmental advocate (formerly on the board of Save San Francisco Bay Association and currently on the board of the Pacifica Land Trust) and a wetland scientist. He also is co-author of the treatment of Arctostaphylos for the second edition of the Jepson Manual and did his dissertation research on the influence of the summer marine layer on chaparral along the central coast of California. He obtained his AB from Dartmouth College, an MA in Ecology and Evolution from San Francisco State, and his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz.