Michelle has worked for several years on sustainable development in Turkey, Qatar and South Africa. She has a Masters in Environmental Management majoring in Conservation Biology from the University of Queensland. Her masters research focused on valuing ecosystem services to align environmental management with the Sustainable Development Goals. She is now completing her PhD with a focus on planning economical, efficient and effective national reserve systems under a variety of cumulative threats.
She volunteers for Wildcare Australia, predominately rescuing and rehabilitating native, orphaned mammals. She is also an IUCN WCPA Commission Member and is working closely with the Green List Specialist Group.
Her current supervisors are Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes, Professor Hugh Possingham, Associate Professor James Watson and Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.