Much of his childhood was spent in the African bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to protect the wildlife he grew up with, Mike’s academic studies revolved around conservation ecology. He has been studying elephants in Botswana for over 15 years, and in 2007 he earned his Ph.D. in elephant ecology. Mike is always looking for innovative ways to advance his research, which will impact conservation in a meaningful way. Whether it’s aerial surveys of elephants (and other wildlife) or placing radio collars on the mighty pachyderms to track their travels, Mike is hopeful that the more we learn about elephants, the better equipped we will be to save them.