Michael is an academic at Murdoch University, specialising in environmental management and the social dimensions of nature-based recreation and tourism. He completed a PhD on how conservation reserve design, environmental interpretation and on-site experiences influence visitor perceptions and attitudes toward natural areas in 2004, and has continued to work in this area over the past 20 years.
Michael currently teaches environmental management at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. His research is focussed on nature conservation reserve visitor activities, attitudes and perceptions and how they interact with management objectives. Michael also works in the area of urban greening and understanding public beliefs, attitudes and preferences regarding the use of native plants and plantings in public urban areas such as parks and road verges.
Michael has served twice on the FACET Board – from 2006-2011 and then again from 2015 to 2023.