MICHAEL HANRAHAN is an educator and filmmaker who teaches environmental media storytelling at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, TV, and New Media. Born in New York City, he studied marine science and film at the University of Miami. For the past twenty years, he’s told stories about the natural world for clients like the Discovery Channel, The Nature Conservancy, and NOAA. Hanrahan released the first in his series of ‘environmental thriller’ novels in 2014. Titled “The Last Extinction,” a long held secret is revealed when an ancient relic is unearthed in the unexplored Amazon.