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Dr. Anthony F. Michaels

Dr. Anthony Michaels is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern California. He is co-founder and a managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies. Proteus has a unique strategy to promote environmental research and innovation in universities and to help commercialize transformative discoveries that are market solutions to major environmental problems in large potential markets. Proteus creates and manages a balanced portfolio of companies with technologies in a wide diversity of environmental areas including waste treatment, green energy and fuels, sustainable seafood and clean water.

Dr. Michaels formed Proteus after twelve years as director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Technologies. The Wrigley Institute created many important programs to connect USC research and education to the needs of society. Successful commercial development of a new innovation is one of the most effective mechanisms to allow university scholarship to make a rapid, positive change in society. Dr. Michaels and his colleagues at USC created a new mechanism for rapid commercialization of new environmental technologies and now Dr. Michaels is helping implement that strategy by working full-time in Proteus. He is on leave from the university while he pursues this path.

Dr. Michaels has twenty-seven years of experience in marine and environmental research including research on the global carbon cycle and the role of the oceans in absorbing carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas. He co-created and managed a program on the value of climate forecasts in the management of hurricane-related risks by the international reinsurance industry. He was the founding president of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, a professional organization for leaders of academic environmental programs that now involves over 140 universities and colleges.

He attended the University of California, San Diego (1976-1979), the University of Arizona (B.S. 1982, M.S. 1983) and the University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D. in Biology, 1988). He worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Bermuda Biological Station for Research before coming to USC in 1996.

Last updated October 19 2011