Michael studied physics in Hamburg, London, and Berlin. Following his final thesis in gamma ray astronomy, he joined the German Aerospace Center's Institute of Propulsion Technology in Cologne to design and develop gas turbines. Seeking to dedicate his work to responses to climate change, he moved to Manchester, completing a PhD on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from ship traffic based on satellite-AIS data, and on the potential of wind-powered ship propulsion. He stayed on with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research until moving to Hamburg in 2017 (for love), and to Majuro in 2018 (to work with the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport). He hardly gets to play the game of go anymore as he urgently needs to learn Marshallese, fishing, and a whole lot of other things in and about his new home.