HJ Andrews Experimental Forest LTER

Michael serves as the Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program in the Oregon Cascades and hosted by Oregon State University.

Conservation Ethics Group

Michael is co-founder and co-director (with John A. Vucetich) of Conservation Ethics Group (CEG), an environmental ethics consultancy group focused on facilitating natural resource decision making that sits at the intersection of ecology, social science, and ethics. CEG was also winner of the 2011 MSU Phi Kappa Phi Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship.

Wolves & Moose of Isle Royale

Michael is the resident philosopher of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of a predator-prey relationship in the world. He is currently under contract with Island Press to write the history of the project. 

The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word

Michael serves as a Senior Fellow of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.  The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world. 

Oregon State University Trophic Cascades Program

Michael is a collaborator with the Trophic Cascades Program at Oregon State University.  The focus of the program β€œis research and educational with the purpose of investigating the role of predators in structuring ecological communities.”