Michael Cavazos currently resides on the windward side of Oahu and is the Coral Mitigation and Nursery specialist for the Division of Aquatic resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources State of Hawaii. After graduation from high school in Texas he left to work as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and then worked in business to earn his way through college.
His undergraduate and graduate work at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi was in Phylogenetics of Gobies throughout the Caroline Islands and Coral diseases in Palau, Micronesia. His most recent venture has been designing, building and operating a Coral nursery for the State of Hawaii.
As a researcher he is interested in microbial interactions in corals and reef restoration techniques. A lifelong hobbyist he enjoys both tropical and temperate reefs and looks forward to returning to Palau as well as future trips to the Solomon Islands to visit close friends.