Michael is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, where he works on package 3 researching smoke effects from prescribed fires.
Michael grew up on a family farm near Bathurst NSW, before studying environmental science at Charles Sturt University in Albury. He completed Honours research at the University of Wollongong, where he also worked as a research assistant. Michael’s PhD at the University of Wollongong focused on bushfire behaviour in southern Australia, particularly spotting and rate of spread using infrared line scans. His main interest is in using spatial data and remote sensing to analyse different aspects of bushfires. Apart from work in working in research, Michael worked as a Project Firefighter, Planned Burning Officer and Fire Risk Analyst for Forest Fire Management Victoria.