Michael is a South African Meteorologist and joined the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes in March 2022. Michael started his career as an operational weather forecaster at the South African Weather Service specialising in public, severe weather and aviation forecasting. He subsequently moved onto a research and development role in the Marine Research Unit at the same institution where he was part of the team who developed the countries first set of high-resolution operational coastal forecast models. Michael completed a PhD at the University of Pretoria in 2021 specialising in synoptic-scale upper-tropospheric dynamics. He has an interest in all types of extreme weather and synoptic-scale weather systems and their predictability at a range of spatial and temporal scales. As a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Michael will study tropical and subtropical rain-bearing weather systems.