Michael was born and raised in Hickory, NC. He attended North Carolina State University where he received his B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in 2014. During his time at NCSU, Michael found his passion of white-tailed deer biology and management. Upon graduation, he aided in deer capture efforts for research projects in Louisiana and North Carolina.
Michael’s research will take place under the direction of Drs. Karl Miller and Richard Chandler. His research is focused on seasonal resource selection of white-tailed deer in a longleaf pine ecosystem. Michael is capturing deer at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway in Baker County, GA and at the Red Oaks Plantation in Worth County, GA. Each of his capture sites is managed with different priorities in mind, so he will be able to compare resource selection and movement patterns between the sites.