Biosphere 2 Center

The Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle, Arizona, where Michael spent time inside researching the Marsh Biome in Columbia University’s Earth Systems Field School.


Michael Aaron Gallagher attended the elite college preparatory school Manlius Pebble Hill, on a full James E. Crosby academic scholarship. In 1997, he completed the Mini Medical School program through the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine. At the age of 17, he graduated from Columbia University’s Earth Systems Field School at the Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle, Arizona, where he worked with scientists to study the loss of biodiversity within the marsh ecosystem. His white paper on the subject was published in Intertext Vol. 10 and received honorable mention for the Louise Wetherbee Phelps writing award at Syracuse University.

He graduated with honors from Syracuse University, where he received a B.S. in Marketing Management from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. He also holds an MBA from Columbia College, where his 150-page master’s thesis was a strategic audit of DreamWorks Animation SKG, with management recommendations for the Hollywood movie studio.


World Scholar-Athlete GamesAs a soccer player for 13 years, he represented the United States at both the 1997 World Scholar-Athlete Games and the 1999 Inaugural U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, hosted by the Institute for International Sport in Kingston, Rhode Island.

His martial arts training included Tae Kwon Do, in which he held the rank of green belt. He also practiced with ninja throwing stars, nunchaku, sai, tonfa and the bokken.

Throughout his high school and college years, he played tennis, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, weight lifting and practiced yoga.


Michael Aaron Gallagher Haiku Syracuse Poster Project

Michael Aaron Gallagher’s haiku was featured at the bottom of this poster, which was on display across the city of Syracuse as a part of the Syracuse Poster Project.

His poetry was selected for the 2011 Syracuse Poster Project series, on display in art galleries around the city of Syracuse. He was invited to be a special speaker at the 4th Annual Native Circle Festival, where he read his poem celebrating Native American culture.

In 2013, his short story “The Crystal of Oz” based on The Wizard of Oz books came in fourth place at the Oz-Stravaganza festival, the longest running Wizard of Oz festival in the world, held in Chittenango, New York (birthplace of author L. Frank Baum).

Michael Aaron Gallagher Cartoon Caption Modern Dog Magazine

Michael Aaron Gallagher’s cartoon caption was the winning caption featured in “Modern Dog Magazine.”

In the summer of 2015, his caption was chosen as a finalist for the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s cartoonist Steve Breen’s Caption Contest. He wrote the winning caption for a cartoon in the Fall 2015 issue of Modern Dog magazine.