Mike joined American Rivers in 2019 and works to implement multi-benefit floodplain restoration projects in California’s Central Valley. Mike is trained as a fisheries scientist and has worked on native fishes recovery, aquatic habitat restoration, and fisheries research from the Mojave Desert to the Upper Missouri River Basin of Montana, and several places in between. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, tooling around on bikes with his family, and traveling the West and the world.
B.A. Geography, University of Colorado
M.S. Fish & Wildlife Management, Montana State University
As a young kid growing up in Texas, my family would drive across the state to Big Bend National Park for vacation every year. These were 10-hr days in the car, but every year I remember my parents pulling over in the same spot in the middle of nowhere just to stop and admire the Pecos River flowing past. This is probably my first memory of a river being something one stops to gaze at, appreciate, and return to. My relationship with rivers has become more professional and scientific in many ways, but I’ve retained this simple fascination with rivers too, and that’s what drives my desire to protect and restore them.