2004 Honorary Membership Award Recipients
|Photo courtesy of Michael Woodburne.
Mike was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1937, his father being a Professor of Anatomy at the U of M. In High School, He was introduced to Claude W. Hibbard and started going out into the field in southwestern Kansas. From Hibbie, Mike became interested in herps and actually wrote his first paper on a snake range-extension. As the Hibbard years grew to eight, Mike became geologically oriented as well, and finished his Masters work on Meade Basin geology and paleontology in 1960.
Upon migrating to UC Berkeley and working with R.A. (Stirt) Stirton, Mike was fortunate to be offered a PhD experience in Australia and in 1962 began his field experience there, as well as a life-long friendship with Dick Tedford, then at UC Riverside. Upon graduating from Berkeley, Mike followed Dick to Riverside in 1966 (Dick having taken up digs at the AMNH), and was able to pursue projects on peccaries (begun as a class project with Stirt), more work in Australia (with Bill Clemens and Colin Campbell in the 70s-80s; with Dick, Bruce MacFadden, Mark and Kathleen Springer, and Judd and Jeanne Case in the 80s-now); Mojave Desert biostratigraphies with Dick, Bruce, and others in the 70s-90s; Antarctic mammals in the 80s -90s with W.J. Zinsmeister, Judd Case, Dan Chaney, Pancho Goin, and Barry Albright; hipparion horses with Ray Bernor in the same interval; South American Paleogene mammals in the 80s to now with Judd and Pancho.
In addition to editing two volumes ('87, '04) of Cenozoic Mammals of North America (Don Savage influence there), Mike also served as SVP President in 1988 and began a long membership with the Government Liaison Committee in 1990. He also served as departmental chair for three sessions, with the most recent being in 1998-2003, after his nominal "retirement" in 1994. Mike now is Honorary Curator in Geology at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, where he continues work on chronostratigraphy, Mojave Desert geology, monotremes, marsupials, hipparion and merychippine horses and is delving into the Cenozoic geology and paleontology of the Colorado Plateau.