Growing up in the eastern deciduous forests of Virginia, Michael would stare out the window in the winter, hooting for barred owls and wonder...why are some of those trees still green? He nurtured his evergreen conifer fascination in the Appalachian Mountains at Virginia Tech and, upon graduation, landed a job teaching outdoor education in California. Alone in the West, he began to hang out with giant sequoias and foxtail pines on weekends. The high country conifers of southern California entertained him for many years until the temperate rainforest eventually called him north to Humboldt County. He now lives in Kneeland, California, with his beautiful wife, Allison, his son, Sylas, and dog, Skylar. Besides writing, he works as a devoted teacher both at the elementary and college level.
In his presentation entitled "Exploring the 35 conifers of the Klamath Mountains," Michael uses conifers as a lens to explore the astounding plant diversity in the Klamath Bioregion.