Mike is a postdoctoral fellow at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography and is the chief scientist on Nautilus for the Black Sea expedition and the principal scientific research permit holder for the work off Turkey. His research focuses on the site characterization of shipwrecks in deep water, including preservation in the Black Sea's anoxic waters and the degradation due to bottom trawling. Mike has also worked as an excavation supervisor for archaeological projects in Belize, Italy, and Greece for over ten years.
Mike graduated from Bowdoin College in 2004 with a BA in archaeology and geology. He completed his MA in archaeology at URI in 2004 and PhD in geological oceanography at URI in 2012.