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Michael Stocker: “Unusual sounds of cetaceans. What could they be saying?”

Michael presents: “Unusual sounds of cetaceans. What could they be saying?” and shares the release of his new book “Hear Where We Are”.

Michael Stocker, bioaccoustician and founder of Ocean Research Conservation org.

New book release and signing. Ocean Conservation Research is focused on understanding the scope of, and exploring solutions to the growing problem of human generated noise pollution and its impact on marine animals. OCR engages in marine biological and technological research based on conservation priorities. They use the products of this research to inform the policies and practice of the public, industry, and lawmakers so that we may all become better stewards of the sea.

Michael will be signing his new book Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place after his presentation.


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Michael Stocker is a generalist by predilection, an acoustician and naturalist by trade, and a musician by avocation. He has written and spoken about marine 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.

He is the founding director of Ocean Conservation Research, a scientific research and policy development organization focused on finding solutions to the problem of ocean noise pollution. In this context he has participated on many national and international science and policy workshops and committees focused on the impacts of human generated noise on the marine environment.

Michael’s gift for conveying complex scientific and technical issues to the public in clear, understandable terms is instrumental 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. He has also published many articles on science, biology, acoustics, and technology in various national and international journals.  Also in this capacity he hosted the Bioneers Ocean Sessions from 2006 through 2009 and was the resident science speaker at Robert Bly’s “Great Mother Conference” in 2010.

Michael began his technical career in 1972 as an electronics systems engineer for the music and film industries. This work led to his work as an acoustical and electronics designer for media presentation and production facilities in Hollywood and San Francisco CA , Seattle WA , and Dallas TX . In 1986 he designed a cutting edge switch-mode uninterruptible power supply and formed Gamma Research, for which he served as General Partner and Chief Design Engineer designing magnetic and electronic power control systems for the computer industry.

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.

Over the course of his work he has been occasionally asked to manage teams of technicians for electronic assembly (16 assemblers at Gamma Research), and technical facility installers (18 “wire droids” at Skywalker Ranch). Throughout the 1990’s Michael ran a technical facilities design and installation firm as a California licensed contractor (CA Licence #[masked]).

He also served as the electronic and musical engineer on the benchmark film “Koyaanisqatsi,” and as a project development engineer for Pax Scientific ( San Rafael CA ) working in applied physics and acoustics, exploring how the principles of bio-mimicry can be used in fluid and air movement systems.

Michael also contributes his time as Executive Director for the Seven Circles Foundation ( that promotes and supports Native American Elders and the teachings they bring to the community. Seven Circles sponsors weekly Inipi (sweat lodge) ceremonies in the SF Bay area, and hosts visiting Native Elders in other sacred ceremonies throughout the year.

His book titled “Hear Where We Are” will be published in June 2013 by Springer. The work is 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.

Michael is also a professional level musical composer and multi-instrumentalist, occasionally performing original and standard jazz compositions on piano, bass-viol, flute, and vibraphone.

$5 Suggested Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

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  • Cyndi D.

    Extremely educational and so special to hear so many audios of multiple whale species.

    November 13, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    Fabulous lecture and wonderful audios of whale species

    1 · November 13, 2013

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