About Michael

Results-driven, forward-thinking, visionary executive administrator accomplished in academic leadership. Proven effectiveness in operations, management, and orchestrating for innovation and change. Builds from the excellence of faculty and staff to identify desired futures then establish the pathway to successful attainment of goals. Resourceful, decisive leader experienced in building cohesive, cross-functional teams, with a record of inter-disciplinary engagement. Strong ability for optimizing organizational performance.



  • Mike's research focus is on understanding human thought about wildlife and natural resources. The goals of his current research program are: to increase the availability of human dimensions information relevant to wildlife and natural resource management; to provide for increased understanding of the role of human dimensions information in natural resources decision-making; to facilitate the integration of human dimension information into the natural resource decision-making process.


M.S., Recreation and Parks - Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA,

B.A., Anthropology - Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA,

Ph.D., Recreation Behavior and Social Psychology - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO,


  • International Association for Society and Resource Management
  • North American Section of Society for Conservation Biology
  • World Protected Area Commission, IUCN
  • Fellow, Academy of Leisure Sciences
  • Executive Board, Vice Chair – 21st Century Council of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute