1553 Berger Drive, Bldg 1
San Jose, CA 95112
San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
Michael is dedicated to advancing sustainable practices in organic materials management through his research and extension work at UCCE. His work seeks to elevate the productivity of both rural and urban agri-food systems while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions emanating from landfills. Drawing upon his experiences in applied research and community outreach, Michael actively pursues innovative solutions to redirect organic materials away from landfills, repurposing these materials for alternative uses, such as soil amendments and bioenergy production. Through the implementation of such projects, nutrients from the organic waste sector cycle back into working landscapes and food system supply chains, thereby bolstering the resilience and sustainability of Bay Area food and farming systems.
Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from CSU Northridge and a Ph.D. in microbiology from UC Davis and has conducted research in wastewater and biomaterials management at universities and institutes in the US and abroad.