In 2003, Dr. Michael J. “Mick” Harvey was recognized by the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network for his lifetime commitment to bat research and conservation activities in the Southeastern United States.

The award was presented during the 8th annual SBDN and 13th annual Colloquium on the Conservation of Mammals. He received his B.S. in 1958 from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Harvey attended Stephen F. Austin State University for his M.A. under Dr. Robert Packard. In 1966, he joined the faculty of Memphis State University and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Kentucky where he worked under Dr. Roger Barbour. Dr. Harvey became Professor of Biology at Memphis State in 1975 and in 1985 moved to Tennessee Tech University as Biology Department Chair. He retired in 2000 and was appointed Professor Emeritus.