Michael's main research interest is in conducting astronomy and making measurements of atmospheric properties from the Antarctic plateau. His research team has designed and built several automated observatories for this purpose.
Michael is also a matchmaker for the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, the aim of which is to connect journalists and government officials with experts in climate science.
At UNSW, Michael has taught several undergraduate courses of relevance to climate science, e.g., remote-sensing of atmospheric and ocean properties; absorption of radiation by atoms and molecules; stellar structure and evolution. He also teaches a First Year Advanced Science course that explores the physics of climate change.