Biography

Michael received a M.S. Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a certificate in Ecological Economics from the University of Maryland. He is currently an Assistant Professor at UMD, and directs the Environment and Sustainability undergraduate degree program. He also directs the Center for Sustainable Community Development (CSCD). Michael’s research and teaching interests are aimed at renewable energy systems and sustainable food systems. In the past 10 years he has received over US $2.5 million in grant funds to support research and community project work at the CSCD.

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Global food production is having a hard time keeping up with demand, and trends suggest that it is only going to get more difficult.1 Global demand for food is growing as human and grazing animal populations increase, as more people are changing their diets to include more meat, and as more crops are used for […]

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