Micha is a PhD candidate researching socio-economic aspects of coastal conservation and management in the Yellow Sea. She has a particular interest in habitat requirements of migratory shorebirds, who face an increasingly uncertain future in the region. Their incredible migration journey is one of the great wildlife spectacles on earth, but also exemplifies the wide range of challenges facing biodiversity today and the complex economic, social and livelihood aspects that can drive both problems and solutions. Micha graduated from Lawrence University (USA) with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Government and Environmental Studies after which she received a T. J. Watson Fellowship to investigate implementation of marine conservation in Oman, Australia and Palau. She then spent 7 years working to support Indigenous land and sea management and associated wildlife research in northern Australia.