Author: mstocker

All Hell breaks loose!

As anticipated, Department of Interior’s capo Ryan Zinke announced yesterday that they plan on opening up the entire US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to Oil and Gas leasing. This is despite hundreds of thousands of voices speaking up against this…

The way ahead…

For those of you “just waiting for the other shoe to drop” on the “election collusion” inquiry with the hopes that it will somehow stop – or at least slow down the rapacious industrial policies being thrown at us by…

A window closing

If you haven’t noticed, pretty much all “Not for Profit, Public Benefit Organizations” are shaking our tin cups this month. This tradition comes from two conventions: The ‘Season of Giving,’ when we all wear our generosity on our sleeves; and…

Report from New Orleans

Modeling sound propagation from multi-nodal communication networks I’ve just returned from a week-long conference of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in New Orleans. The Acoustical Society has a very broad remit, serving all professionals and academics working with sound…

2017 Year-end appeal!

2017 marks OCR’s tenth year as a conservation voice for the sea. We could not have come this far without your support and ongoing love of the ocean. For this we are honored by your vote of confidence, and humbled…

What is a prayer?

“Whale Songs” – Prayer Flags by Logan Austeja Daniel Taken from spectrograms of Orca and Pilot Whale songs A bit over a month ago one of our supporters offered to sponsor a fundraising event for OCR, which became “Artists Prayer…

What Noise Annoys an Oyster?

Oysters with Acceleratometers (photo by Jean-Charles Massabuau) When the ocean noise pollution issue came up on everybody’s sonar, the main concern was about the impact of noise on whales and dolphins – what we in our industry refer to as…

Measuring and expressing noise

Sub-sea Operations The word “Noise” resides in an etymological basket along with the words “annoyance” and “obnoxious.” “Noise” is thought to have been derived from the Latin “noxia’ (to hurt or damage), and Middle English “nausea” (to quarrel). Although some…

Layers of Distraction

EPA Plaza, Washington DC (c) Tom Brennan, NYT A pretty tumultuous week has thwarted my plans of digging into the Barcelona Animal Communications Symposium. In the wake of senseless attacks on tourists on the Barcelona Ramblas, in importance of scientific…

Report from Omaha

A bit over two weeks ago I was in Omaha, Nebraska, at “The 4th International Symposium on Acoustic Communication by Animals.” This event is put up every few years by the Acoustic Society of America (ASA) and allows scientists outside…