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Anthony F. Michaels

Anthony F. Michaels

Managing Director

Proteus Environmental Technologies, LLC

DR. ANTHONY MICHAELS (TONY) is co-Founder and Managing Director of Proteus Environmental Technologies, LLC (Proteus) and CEO of PhycoSystems Inc. Proteus creates economic value through novel connections between business opportunities and universities. Proteus has a unique strategy to find and commercialize transformative environmental technologies that are solutions to major environmental challenges in large markets. It provides unique advisory services to large and small companies on corporate sustainability and access to new environmental markets. Dr. Michaels and the Proteus team partner with Pegasus Capital Advisors as advisors to their sustainability investment strategy. Proteus also creates and manages a portfolio of companies with environmental technologies in a diversity of areas including waste treatment, renewable energy and fuels, sustainable seafood and clean water. PhycoSystems Inc. is an innovative algae biofuels company with one of the few cost-effective solutions to the use of algae as a feedstock for renewable energy and fuels.

Dr. Michaels divided his undergraduate education between the University of California, San Diego and the University of Arizona. He finished his Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducted research on how the oceans affect greenhouse gases. In the past 20 years he has published about 100 scholarly papers. From 1989 to 1996, Dr Michaels built an ocean biogeochemistry program at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research that became a premier site for the study of greenhouse gases in the sea. In 1993, as the catastrophe reinsurance industry in Bermuda began to expand, Dr. Michaels co-created a program called the Risk Prediction Initiative (RPI), a partnership between science and business that helped create new mechanisms for insuring against the catastrophic losses from hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. In 1996, Dr. Michaels became the first Director of the new University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The Wrigley Institute is an interdisciplinary home for environmental scholarship across USC, is involved in a wide variety of marine and environmental science research and education and works to make that research relevant, usable and understandable to decision-makers in society, business and governments.

Dr. Michaels was a founding member and the first President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors with a current membership of 150 colleges and universities. He has been President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories. He is chair of the governing board of the Catalina Island Conservancy and a member of the board for the National Council for Science and the Environment, the Global Institute on Sustainability at Arizona State University and the Sustainability Advisory Committee of Albemarle Corp. He has chaired the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education.

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