Anthony F. Michaels, Ph.D.

Chair, NCSE Board of Directors

Dr. Anthony Michaels (Tony) is a nationally recognized leader in environmental science, innovation, and sustainability.  As Chief Executive Officer, he has spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive plan to expand Midwestern BioAg’s reach throughout the United States, and eventually, the world. He is dedicated to helping farmers be more productive and profitable and to making agriculture as a whole, safer, healthier and more sustainable. 

Dr. Michaels is also co-Founder and co-Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies. Past business positions include roles as Chief Scientist at Pegasus Capital Advisors, President of ReCommunity Energy and CEO of PhycoSystems.  Before entering business in 2008, Dr. Michaels had an academic career in environmental and ocean sciences. He was the first Director of the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and he worked at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Among his many board positions, Dr. Michaels is Chair of the board for the National Council for Science and the Environment and a Board member at the Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University.  Previously, he has been Chair of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, the Catalina Island Conservancy and the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education. 

Dr. Michaels was educated at the University of California, San Diego, the University of Arizona (BS, MS) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D.). In the past 30 years, he has published 100 scholarly papers.  Tony currently resides in both Madison, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles, California, with his wife, Claire.