Michael completed his PhD at Macquarie University and the Australian Astronomical Observatory, where he researched the evolutionary impact of supermassive black holes on their host galaxies.
He continues to work with collaborators on TAIPAN, ZFOURGE and ZFIRE, which are extragalactic surveys tasked with studying the physical processes related to the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Michael completed his undergraduate studies at the Queensland University of Technology, achieving first-class Honours in astrophysics. His Honours thesis was on the detection, observation and characterisation of transiting objects via the Kepler telescope.
Michael also has a keen interest in teaching and outreach, having prepared and delivered numerous lectures, educational seminars, professional development courses, and public talks.
He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, a science liaison for CSIRO's Scientists in Schools program, and a member of the ASA's Education and Public Outreach Chapter, and IAU Working Group on Theory and Methods in Astronomy Education.
Michael is currently a content developer for Macquarie University, where he designs and develops STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) modules and professional development courses.