Director and LAS Dean's Professor, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University
Michael holds a Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professorship and conducts research that explores the use of storytelling techniques in science communication across a diverse range of contexts, including health, agriculture and environmental communication. He holds an M.S. in Biophysics from Iowa State University and earned his PhD in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before returning to Iowa State to join the faculty. His research has earned funding from bodies such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the US Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation and has been widely published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS Biology, Communication Research and Science Communication. He also co-edited Ethics and Practice in Science Communication, an edited volume which focuses on the often overlooked ethical challenges experienced in science communication. Michael was a member of the Expert Contributor Panel of the Nature Masterclasses online course ‘Narrative Tools for Researchers’, published November 2020.