Presenting a moderated panel discussion followed by time for open informal conversation.


This event is free but you do need to register.

Our Panel

Dr. Michel André

Dr. Michel André is an engineer in biotechnology from the National Institute of Applied Sciences, INSA, Toulouse (France). He holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. During the last twenty years, his work has revolutionized the way bioacoustics are applied to monitoring biodiversity, in order to initiate conservation programs in the most fragile habitats on the planet. Dr. André created the first European research laboratory dedicated to the effects of marine noise pollution, the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) in 2003. The LAB has since played a key role in European Union research initiatives. He then went on to create the company SONSETC which benefits from the advanced technologies developed at the LAB by guiding industries towards respecting the environment in which they operate. Based on the international credibility and reputation acquired by the LAB and SONSETC, Dr. André built The Sense of Silence Foundation. He is currently a professor at the Technical of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech (UPC), Director of the LAB, CEO of SONSETC, President of The Sense of Silence Foundation and International Ambassador of the Mamirauá Reserve (Amazonia, Brazil). He received the Felix Wankel Prize in 1999 (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich) and the National Research Prize of the Spanish Geographical Society in 2016. He is a 2002 Rolex Awards Laureate.

Dr. Travis Horton

Associate Professor Travis Horton is a geologist who studies whales. Yes, you read that right: a geologist who studies whales. Travis developed his extra-quadrilateral thinking skills during his Stanford years under the supervision of Professor Page Chamberlain, a pioneer in use of geochemical forensics as tracers of animal movements. Since moving to New Zealand in 2007, Travis has collaborated with Nan Hauser, Director of the Centre for Cetacean Research and Conservation, and researchers at N.O.A.A.’s Marine Mammal Laboratory, on projects aimed at answering the question: How do whales navigate? These collaborations have led to unique insights into how individual whales use environmental cues to swim across vast expanses of open-ocean without getting lost. Travis has championed the establishment of a new paradigm for animal navigation: a data-based framework that includes both spatial and temporal cues for orientation. This entirely natural system of navigation allows whales (and other animals) to find and follow identical migration routes at distinctly different Julian calendar dates and times during the most awe-inspiring of animal movements. Travis looks forward to applying this mechanistic understanding of animal navigation to the development of predictive models of animal movement for conservation purposes and satellite-free global positioning systems.

Feather Metsch

Feather Metsch is an interdisciplinary immersive and interactive A/V storyteller and an enrolled member of The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians with a BFA in Digital Art. She has been working in immersive and interactive design for almost ten years now. It has always been a passion of hers to share star stories from various Indigenous perspectives as opposed to the common Euro-centric POV.