Michael is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Seton Hall University, where he was also the founding director of the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program. He has served as chair of the University Sustainability Committee, and has been a member of the University Strategic Planning Committee, Faculty Senate, Center for Community Research and Engagement, and the Teaching and Learning Technology Roundtable. He teaches courses in research methodology, environmental economics, and public policy, with an emphasis on experiential learning and community-based research pedagogy. Taylor has pioneered innovative uses of smartphones within higher education curriculum, with a primary focus on content creation and collaboration. Projects include the use of smartphones for digital storytelling, mapping, data collection, augmented reality, and mGaming as well as just-in-time and distance learning experiences.
Prior to his work at Seton Hall University, Taylor was a Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a National Academy of Sciences â€“ National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His research has focused on the use of incentive-based mechanisms to control water pollution under poor and asymmetric information conditions. The findings of this research have been published in environmental policy, economics, political science, and public affairs journals. More recently, Michael has begun exploring the use of smartphones to improve water quality data collection, and the use of sensor networks to crowdsource environmental quality data from the general public. Taylor also conducts research on the impact of mobile technology on society, and has consulted with NGOâ€™s, businesses, and government agencies on the use of mobile technologies for mHealth and environmental field work, and has experience with Symbian, Windows Phone, iOs, Android, and Maemo/Meego operating systems.