Telephone: (517) 332-2986
Associate Professor – non-tenure, School of Planning, Design & Construction
Research Interests: Land use; resource economics; energy policy development; environmental planning and management; sustainability; and environmental, social, economic, health and risk impact assessment.
PhD in resource development, MS in environmental planning and a BS in biology from Michigan State university.
Michael Thomas is an associate professor in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction. He is currently serving as director and project manager of the Consumers Energy – MSU Master Research Agreement focusing on renewable energy policy analysis and project development. He is also serving as principal investigator on a project with the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes to develop indicators and metrics for Michigan’s coastal communities considering the impacts and costs of local water projects.
Thomas holds three degrees from MSU—a bachelor of science degree in biology, a master’s degree in environmental planning and a PhD in resource development. He has taught courses in impact assessment, project management and biological science at MSU and Baker College.
Thomas has more than 35 years of experience as an environmental scientist. His work has included major facility siting, baseline and monitoring studies, impact assessment and mitigation, ecological risk assessment, renewable energy and waste management strategy development, regulatory compliance and policy analysis. Thomas' research and outreach interests include designing computer-aided, GIS-based decision support systems to aid land use planning, ecosystem management, impact assessment, and risk analysis. He has technical expertise in terrestrial and wetland ecology, ecosystem analysis, land use planning, community economic development and watershed management.