Dr. Abe Borker
Dr. Borker is a conservation biologist, pursuing research and teaching to strengthen conservation efforts. His research goals are to inform improved design and evaluation of conservation interventions, through improved monitoring of outcomes. As the Program Director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Abe mentors and teaches future conservationists, accelerating students with the potential to transform conservation efforts. His journey into eco-acoustic research began with a practical need to measure seabird populations on remote islands. This work opened his ears to the vast power and potential of eavesdropping on ecological heartbeats when paired with scalable, semi-automated analysis. His scholarly and applied interest in ecological monitoring has led him down many technical and academic paths, but he still takes great joy as a naturalist listening to and recording soundscapes of special places across the globe.

Dr. Christopher W. Clark
Dr. Christopher W. Clark, an engineer and biologist, is the Imogene Johnson Senior Scientist in the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at Cornell University. He also works as a subject matter expert for Marine Acoustics, Inc. and as Chief Marine Scientist with Planet OS. Chris’ research has concentrated on animal vocal communication with a particular interest in the application of advanced acoustic technologies for scientific conservation of endangered species, from birds to whales. He has pioneered the application of distributed ocean listening systems for understanding the spatial and temporal occurrences of whales at ocean-basin scales. As part of these large-scale acoustic projects, Dr. Clark and his research teams have developed advanced models by which to quantify ocean noise variability as a result of natural biotic and abiotic sound sources, including commercial shipping and energy exploration. What has evolved through this process is a new, ecologically-based paradigm for evaluating and measuring biological risks to species of interest at both the individual and population levels as well as economic and business risks as a result of regulatory compliance requirements.

Dr. David Klein
Dr. David Klein is an experienced developer, researcher, and entrepreneur in neural-inspired machine learning and signal processing, which he has employed in developing commercial products in the domains of audio and visual enhancement, recognition, and compression. He has over ten years of industrial experience as an algorithm architect and developer, helping to build start-ups and authoring numerous patents. His graduate and post-graduate research focused on measuring and modeling the coding of sound in the brain. He has a long-standing interest in sensory ecology, and a passion for preserving the Earth’s marvelously complex biotopes.

Dr. Martin Lukac
Dr.Martin Lukac is a Founder and the Chief Technology Officer of Nexleaf Analytics. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Martin holds a B.S. from Haverford College, and received his Ph.D. from UCLA for innovations in wireless seismic and acoustic sensing systems. At Nexleaf, Martin leads all aspects of the technical design and architecture of sensing systems and connected devices. His work has led to one pending patent and several more in the works.

Martin’s research experience includes building, deploying, maintaining, and evaluating embedded systems for seismic, structural, environmental, and public-health applications. He developed, deployed, and maintained one of the first large scale wireless seismic networks as part of his thesis work. This system was deployed in Peru and Mexico for over two years and spanned over 250 km. Over the course of his work at UCLA, he has worked closely with geophysicists, structural engineers, and ecologists. Martin has presented and published his work at numerous peer-reviewed conferences and journals in computer science and earth science.