Recent Works by Seth D. Michaels
Seth D. Michaels is an environmental journalist living in Washington, DC. He works for the Union of Concerned Scientists and his writings have appeared in The Atlantic, Talking Points Memo and National Geographic. Seth D. Michaels received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Illinois at Champaign, specializing in marine ecosystem research. After graduation, he pursued graduate studies in zoology at the University of British Columbia, focusing on invertebrate palaeontology, which encompasses both fish classification and the evolution of animals.
While in college, Seth D. Michaels pursued a course in vertebrate palaeontology, spending several years doing field work in the USA and abroad. This was part of his preparation for graduate studies in zoology. He completed this course by working as a research assistant for a professor who specialized in invertebrate palaeontology. During this time, he also did volunteer work in a marine aquarium facility, examining fossil creatures and assisting with rehabilitation of fish taken from their natural habitats.
Seth D. Michaels has written many articles on vertebrate palaeontology, focusing mainly on taxonomic studies of amphibians. He also seems to have special liking for studying the lives and habits of snakes and lizards. His writing on this subject has made him an expert in this particular genre, having published multiple books and numerous journal articles on this theme. His works on snake species, for example, have won numerous awards, including The serpentine Society’s Outstanding Papers in Specialized Science and Engineering.
Seth D. Michaels has also published works on evolution in the classroom, having written a number of reviews of textbooks on the subject. He has addressed the teaching of evolution to schoolchildren, particularly in the United States. One of the primary reasons for this is that a large number of teachers have strong anti-evolution views themselves. As a result, many schools still refuse to use the teaching of evolution in the classroom.
Besides his works on vertebrate palaeontology, Seth D. Michaels has also spent considerable amounts of time studying insects, reptiles, arachnids, and crustaceans. In fact, he even managed to write a book on the life history of shrimp, which was published in 2021 by the Smithsonian. In this book, he discussed the relationship between shrimp and birds, with a particular emphasis on their long relationship and geographic overlap. These discussions led him to conclude that they can be considered to form a mutually beneficial evolutionary bond. This conclusion was corroborated by molecular studies that showed that the same genetic structures that cause skeletal development in birds and amphibians, are also responsible for causing the similarities between shrimp and birds.
Seth D. Michaels has spent considerable amounts of time working in association with Robert Bakkers, who is an expert in dinosaur bones and skulls. The two scholars have worked together on numerous projects, most of which have resulted in important research reports. In addition to their work with dinosaurs, they have also worked extensively on the preservation of pre-historic remains. These include material from the immensely popular Stegosaurus skull discovered in Mongolia, which is estimated to be over 100 million years old. They have also spent considerable time researching the preservation techniques used by Native Americans to preserve their own archaeological remains, which include stone tools and figurines.
Seth D. Michaels has spent considerable amounts of time working closely with leading scientists, including Robert Bakker, who is an expert in dinosaur bones and skulls. In addition to his work with these scientists, Michaels also spends considerable amounts of time working as an employee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has contributed a great deal to the recent exhibition entitled “The Hunt for the Master.” In this exhibition, held in London between 14 and 30 November, he was one of the contributors who displayed his work alongside several other renowned artists. He has also exhibited work at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., the Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the University of Paris and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Seth D. Michaels has written several books on his exciting and wide-ranging topics of palaeontology, including multiple books on the subject of earth sciences. An early work on paleontology and fossil dinosaurs, entitled “The Book of Life: A Personal View,” received him the AHRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. Recently, he wrote and co-authored a book entitled “Open Source: A Brief Guide to the Study of the Earth’s Past,” which he co-authored with colleague Patrick Oehler. His honors include the fellowships from the National Institute of Science, the Royal Society of Arts and the American School of Paleoecology. Also, he is active in the scientific community as an expert in the field of palaeontology.