Michael is the Director of TRaCK and leads the leads the Freshwater Ecology and Management Theme of the Research Institute of the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University.
Most of his research has focussed on understanding the effects of catchment management practices including fire, weed, forestry and water management on freshwater ecosystems in Australia and overseas. He has studied a variety of freshwater ecosystems including tropical rivers, floodplains and riparian zones and has worked on aquatic invertebrate, fish, and plant communities and on the ecosystem processes that connect them, particularly food webs.
Michael has a strong focus on collaborative research, and he has had long-running partnerships with Monash University, Griffith University, the University of Western Australia and CSIRO. He works closely with the Australian, Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments and regional NRM groups across northern Australia to help deliver management outcomes.
Recent research has also focussed on combining Indigenous knowledge and western science and has been done in collaboration with Traditional Owners from the Daly, Mitchell and Fitzroy Rivers.
In 2011 he became the Director of the Northern Australia Hub, one of only five research hubs established under the National Environmental Research Program, and in 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which he is undertaking in the second half of 2012 in the U.S.A.