Michael Spiess Mike has a B.S. in Agriculture (agricultural mechanics) from CSU, Chico, a M.S. in Plant Science (irrigation) from Fresno State, and a doctorate from U.C. Davis & CSUF. He is a former vocational agriculture teacher and spent 13 years designing and supporting agricultural accounting software. Previously he taught in the Plant Science Department and served as general manager of the Agricultural Information Technology Network (ATI-Net) which is part of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) at Fresno State. He is retired (2016) but continues to teach part-time in Ag Engineering Technology and Ag Education in the College of Agriculture at Chico State. He also owns a consulting business specializing in Internet solutions for businesses and education.
In his free time, he enjoys flying small airplanes, fly fishing, backpacking, caving, working on old cars, and softball. He has served on the Boards of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, University Hope, Northern California Regional Land Trust and the Butte County Habitat for Humanity. He has continuing interests with land trusts and affordable housing organizations. Currently he is a board member and treasurer of the Western Cave Conservancy (a land trust). Mike is a life member of the California Agricultural Teachers' Association, a life member of the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE), a life member of NACTA, life member of the National Speleological Society, and a member of the Cave Research Foundation.
Mike has a number of ongoing projects including CDE Tabulations Software, Jackpot Show Online Registration and software, and the AAAE Poster Submission and Review system. He is currently PI of a BOR Water Conservation grant.
Photo Gallery | Current Car Collection
Pilot Peak (2018)
Mount Shasta from Hat Creek Rim (2019)
Flying over the Sutter Buttes
Bench Valley (2017)
The Palouse (eastern Washington)
Approach to Italy Pass (2016)
Grand Coulee Dam on the way to Idaho with Kate (2016)
Packing in Humphrey's Basin (2015)
Fishing at 11,000 feet....
Hiking on the PCT west of Lake Tahoe (2015)
Camping at Medicine Lake
Top of Mt. Agassiz in the Palisades (2014)
Camped below the "Pals" on my way to Mt. Sill
Hiking on the north coast with Pat (wife).
Solo backpack in the Trinity Alps (2014)
Lone Pine Lake on the JMT (2013)
Daughter Kate and Jenna
coming off the JMT ----->
Solo trip to the Trinity Alps Canyon Creek(2013)
Between Junction Pass and Mt. Keith (2013)
Scouts building the bridge on a campout
Venturing Crew at Inskip Cave
Emigrant to Hetch-Hechy (2012)
Mike and Kate at Boonville International...
Summit Lake Hover Wilderness (2011)
Palisades Backpack (2010)
Backpacking at Lassen NP (2010)
Backpacking in Kings Canyon NP (2009)
Hiking at Point Lobos SP (2009)
Backpacking in Ionian Basin (Kings Canyon NP) with Scouts (2008)
Caving with Will at Kings Canyon NP (2008), a CRF project Kate and Will and our 1930 Model "A" (2008) Weekend getaway to Surprise Valley (Hot Springs) with Pat (2007) Cycling with the Scouts on the Bizz Johnson trail (2007) Backpacking in the Emigrant Wilderness (2007) Building our shop (2006) at home.
Hiking the Canadian Rockies (2006)
< Mount Coleman from Sunset Pass
Athabasca Falls >
Backcountry skiing at Mt. Shasta (2006)
Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness (2005)
Family hiking at Darwin Falls (near Death Valley, 2003)
Backpacking on the Pacific Crest Trail in Lassen Park (2003)
< Will finding shade at Red Rock Canyon State Park (2003)
Kate free climbing at Fossil Falls >
Mike and Kate caving at Lilburn Cave (2003)
At Marble Canyon (Grand Canyon). Flew in for breakfast from Kanab, Utah. Wildflowers below Silver Peak in the John Muir Wilderness Over Lake Powell after a dawn takeoff from Bullfrog Airport.