Hello, my name is Michael!
I’m a Research Scientist with the Prugh Lab at the University of Washington, where I lead a project assessing the impacts of recreation on the North Rainier Elk Herd in partnership with Washington DNR and the Tulalip Tribes. Prior to this role, I obtained my MSc in the Wildlife Coexistence Lab at the University of British Columbia, graduating with honours after defending a thesis in which I investigated wildlife displacement by recreation and logging in and around a protected area. Both of these roles have provided me a wealth of experience in scientific research, and have allowed me to develop a strong passion for wildlife conservation and ecology, while expanding my expertise in data management, analysis, and technical communications. Recently, I have taken a strong interest in machine learning methods, and am hopeful to someday work at the intersection of wildlife conservation and technology.
I also acquired my BA in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, graduating magna cum laude after defending an honor’s thesis regarding wolf management in Yellowstone National Park. Additional roles I have worked in include working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife on a cougar and mule deer collaring project, post-fire forest regeneration surveys in eastern Oregon, and I have extensive experience with teaching and curriculum design at the university level. You can read more about both my research and educational backgrounds in my CV, or in the tabs located above.