Currently Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales, and previously the Director of the Australian Museum, Professor Archer is internationally recognized and respected for his work.
He is the author of many books and hundreds of research articles on palaeontology, zoology and conservation biology. He is widely known as the driving force behind the unique cloning of the Tasmanian Tiger project.
Professor Archer graduated Magna Cum Lauda with a BA in geology and biology from Princeton University in 1967 and gained a PhD in zoology from the University of Western Australia in 1976.
In a distinguished career as an academic and curator, he has won numerous awards both for his research and for the promotion of science. Among other fellowships currently held, he is a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales and of the Australian Academy of Science.
Since 1976 he has named and analysed (with co-authors) more than 120 new species, genera, families and orders of mammals, including living as well as extinct groups as a consequence of this research.
Professor Archer came to Australia in 1967, joining the Western Australian Museum as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed Curator of Mammals at the Queensland Museum in 1972 and after six years in that position joined UNSW as a lecturer in the school of zoology. He became an associate professor in that school in 1985 and professor in 1989 before taking up a concurrent appointment as Director of the Australian Museum from 1999 to 2003.
In January 2004 he returned to the University of New South Wales as the Dean of the Science Faculty
Most recently Michael was made the Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History.