Mike created the LINES project (Leadership & INnovation in Environment and Sustainability).
Lines are typically thought of as boundaries, but with Mike’s project lines are paths to understanding future climate change.
The theme of this project is the shoreline. Shorelines are typically thought of as a division between terrestrial and marine habitats. But, Mike’s project focuses on the idea that the shoreline not only divides two places, but it is also a division in time.
Millions of years ago, Merced was under the Pacific Ocean, and was an ancient shoreline. In fact, marine species can now be found as fossils in this area. Now, descendants of these marine species inhabit the current California coastline. Mike is using these divisions in place and time to investigate the distributions of these marine species. In turn, he is exploring how changes in climate can affect a species’ geographic range.
Mike is using LINES to unify the campus community. He is collaborating with faculty in other departments, such as Anthropology and Economics. Mike is also engaging the community off campus. For instance, he wants to work with fossil collectors. He will share his findings with relevant marine resource managers, like the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Parks, and National Parks.