Michael offers consulting services in environmental hydrology of rangelands and synthesizing GIS, remote sensing, and hydrology data. Past studies have assessed the hydraulic and hydrologic effects of woody encroachment; the effects of grazing and improved pasture on runoff and sediment discharge; the effects of climate change, precipitation variability, and forestation on streamflow (storm flow and base flow); and the effects of land cover change on groundwater recharge. Specific areas of expertise include:
Mapping energy balance components at the field scale using Landsat imagery
Developing energy balance mapping algorithms and tools for ArcGIS
Quantifying long-term land-use and land-cover changes,
Developing ArcGIS tools using Python and ModelBuilder for environmental and hydrological applications,
Analyzing environmental and hydrological data using parametric and nonparametric statistics,
Uncovering drivers of long-term changes in streamflow and groundwater discharge from mixed land-use watersheds, and
Modeling effects of land-cover change on groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration using Hydrus.