Michael McDowell, is pursuing long-time interests in Delaware history and in eighteenth century Quakers, especially the abolitionist Warner Mifflin and the naturalist artist William Bartram, and has spent several years researching and writing about them. Mike enjoys connecting the dots that reconstruct causal and family relationships through detailed research. Mike has given presentations on his interests, including a talk on Mifflin's life following the dedication of a state historical marker for Mifflin in Magnolia , and has published articles in the Delaware Conservationist and the Bartram Broadside.
Mike is a member of the Delaware Historical Society, the Friends Historical Association, the Society of the Natural History of Delaware, the Bartram Trail Conference, and served on the board of the White Clay Watershed Association during its successful collaborative effort to have the watershed designated a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Mike earned a BS in Entomology and Applied Ecology from the University of Delaware, and has worked for the USDA's Beneficial Insects Research Lab. Currently employed by DNREC's Division of Air Quality, he enjoys playing jazz and other music in his spare time.