EAC Board member since 2016, he is a forest and wetland ecologist with long experience in the southern Appalachians, western Canada, and south Florida. He is currently a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University, in Miami, FL. Mike’s research focuses on the environmental controls on plant community succession, and their implications for forest resource management. Presently, his research is directed toward restoration of tree islands and coastal wetlands in the greater Everglades ecosystem. Mike is also working on climate change effects on coastal habitats, disturbance ecology (including hurricanes and fire), plant-soil relationships, and remote sensing of vegetation. Mike is also an active collaborator in the implementation of restoration in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, and more generally on shaping natural resource policy priorities in South Florida. In this policy domain, he often draws on his experience studying environmental law at Vermont Law School, where he received an MS.L. (1987). He brings an important combination of science and policy expertise to the EAC’s Board of Directors.