Michael Stocker, Executive Director
Michael Stocker is an acoustician and naturalist by trade and a musician by avocation, he has written and spoken about ocean bio-acoustics since 1992, presenting in national and regional hearings, national and international television, radio and news publications, and museums, schools and universities. His understanding of both physics and biology has proven invaluable in court testimony and legal briefs, defending the environment against the dangers of human generated noise in the sea.
In 2000 Michael co-founded a small, Marin County based educational organization focused on the threats of ocean noise pollution, for which he served as a founding director and science advisor until April 2007. His work included many written responses to US Navy Environmental Impact Statements, and “ocean noise” focused text in many pieces of legislation including Barbara Boxer’s “National Ocean Protection Act” and the “California Ocean Action Plan.” This work garnered Michael the 2006 “Excellence in Board Leadership” award from the Marin County “Center for Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership.”
Michael’s gift for conveying complex scientific and technical issues to the public in clear, understandable terms is key in his role as a public spokesperson on issues of ocean conservation, physics, communication technology, and biology. In this capacity he has been the subject matter expert in many national and international radio and television interviews, and published various articles on science, biology, acoustics and technology in national and international journals. He has also been a panelist and presenter at various professional, trade and technical conferences, presenting on bio-acoustics and technology.
He has advised and designed environments and technical systems for a diverse array of clients including the U.S. National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., George Lucas’ “Skywalker Ranch,” the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, Mexico City’s “El Museo Papalote” children’s museum, and various premier Hollywood sound and film studios. Michael also served as the electronic and musical engineer on the benchmark film “Koyaanisqatsi,” and as a project development engineer for Pax Scientific, working in applied physics and acoustics – exploring how the principles of bio-mimicry can be used in fluid and air movement systems.
He is currently writing a book titled “Hear Where We Are,” a popular science book that explores the effects that sound and sound perception have on our sense of self, community and surroundings. The book reveals how humans and other animals use sound to establish their placement in their environment, and communicate that placement to others.