Michael completed a BSc in Paleontology in 2006 at the University of Alberta, and then a MSc with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2010 with the Currie Lab. His graduate work investigated the jaw adductor musculature of Champsosaurus, a semiaquatic reptile with superficial similarity to modern-day gharials, and how it may have affected their feeding. Michael worked at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, and then returned to the University of Alberta to obtain a law degree in 2019. A year later, he was admitted to the Alberta Bar and began practicing as a lawyer.
James, M. 2010. The jaw adductor muscles of Champsosaurus and their implications for feeding mechanics [master’s thesis]. University of Alberta Education and Research Archive. DOI: 10.7939/R3MT60