Northeast Regional Administrator

Mike is the Director of the GTM Research Reserve, a position he has held since January 2007. He also serves as Regional Administrator for Florida’s East Coast Aquatic Preserve Program. He has been working in the field of coastal resource management for 34 years.

Mike started his professional career as Staff Scientist for Save the Bay Inc. (Rhode Island). He has worked as a Graduate Research Fellow for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, Maryland), as a Research and Teaching Assistant at University of West Florida and North Carolina State University and as a Research Assistant at EPA’s Gulf Breeze Laboratory.

Prior to becoming the director at the GTM Research Reserve, Mike served for seventeen years as a Research Biologist (1990-1994), Resource Management Coordinator (1994-2000) and Research Coordinator (2000-2007) at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve (Naples, Florida). Mike has held adjunct faculty appointments with Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Edison College, and Hodges University.

Mike has a Ph.D. in Marine Science with a minor in Environmental Toxicology from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science Degree in Biology from the University of West Florida, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island. His primary career interest is science-based management of coastal resources. He has been the principal investigator for twenty-two grant funded environmental education, research, monitoring and restoration projects totaling over six million dollars.
Mike has two children, Rachel and Emily. Mike’s wife, Kathy, is a 7th grade science teacher at Landrum Middle School.