Michael Stocker is an acoustician and naturalist by trade and a musician by avocation, he has written and spoken about marine bio-acoustics and the impacts ocean noise pollution on marine life 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.
Michael’s gift for conveying complex scientific and technical issues 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. And as a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) bio-acoustics committee, and an ANSI delegate to the International Standards Organization (ISO) committee on Underwater Acoustics, he has been developing more accurate methods of assessing and expressing the dimensions of the marine acoustic environment and the impacts of noise on marine habitats.
He has advised and designed environments and technical online 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.
As founding director of Ocean Conservation Research he is using his fluency in bio-acoustics to explore the impacts of noise on ocean animals to inform ocean policy and practice toward decreasing human bio-acoustic impacts on marine habitats..
Michael’s book Hear Where We Are : Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place (Springer 2013) is an assembly of ideas and understandings of human and animal sound perception cultivated over a lifetime of interdisciplinary thinking incorporating his studies in world cultures, western intellectual history, physics, architecture, biology, acoustics, signal processing, music, theology, and literature.
To schedule a speaking event with Michael Stocker, please contact:
Phone: (415) 464-7220
Daniela Huson, Communications Director
Daniela Huson comes to OCR by way of an interest in animal rights activism, digital media outreach, science, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology (University of California San Diego, 2016). She is crafting the social media and other digital outreach platforms for Ocean Conservation Research as well as helping manage the OCR.org website.