- 2017: BBSRC Future Leader Fellow, Ecology of Vision Laboratory, University of Bristol
- 2014-2016: Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Lund, Sweden.
- 2009-2014: PhD Graduate Student, University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA.
Michael is a BBSRC Future Leaders Fellow. He is interested in the unusual visual systems of a variety of marine invertebrates ranging from the rudimentary compound ocelli of fan worms to the spectacularly sophisticated eyes of mantis shrimp. His current work on fan worms aims to unravel the developmental, neurological and behavioral factors that drove the evolution of these simple eyes and perhaps also influenced the origins of nature’s very first visual systems.