Dedicated to the environmental sciences for over a decade, Michael eventually became fascinated with the marriage of ecology, design, engineering and policy structuring involved in urban planning and sustainable development. In 2012, he moved to Reykjavik to make Iceland home for two years as he began his Master's studies within the Engineering Department's Environment and Natural Resources program. During this time, Michael began photographing glacier expeditions and Iceland's power production facilities, noticing the disparity between environmental design and untouched landscapes, deepening his connection with wilderness and nature. Conducted academic and professional research in high-capacity energy storage and simulation-based grid optimization in partnership with the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun) and Landsvirkjun while completing his graduate degree at the University of Iceland. He is currently working as an energy consultant in Toronto, Canada.