Michael Smith


After initially studying Engineering, Michael pivoted into first software development and then marine ecology. He undertook a PhD in Ecological Modelling at the University of Melbourne (co-sponsored by CSIRO), studying the multi-species impacts of human activity on ocean ecosystems. After the PhD, Michael performed research into climate change mitigation, and then co-founded a specialist scientific consultancy to provide modelling services to government and public-sector organisations. He now works for the State Government, building complex system models to support strategic planning.


PhD (Marine Ecology), MSc (Applied Marine Science), BSc (Electro-mechanical Engineering)

Science/Faith Interests

  • Ecological ethics—how our faith impacts our approach to climate change and the stewardship of nature.
  • Hermeneutics, particularly around the role of myths in revealing truth.
  • Evolution and biodiversity.