Prof. Michel André is a world leading expert in the field of bioacoustics and wildlife conservation (http://michelandre.info)
Michel André is a Director of Ear to Wild Foundation.
Michel André is a full Professor at the Technical University of Catalonia, BarcelonaTech (UPC). He is the Founder and Director of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB).
Michel trained as an Engineer in Biotechnologies at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA, Toulouse, France and holds two Masters Degrees: in Biochemistry and Animal Physiology from the Université Paul Sabatier of Toulouse, France. His PhD dissertation was on Sperm Whale Acoustics and Noise pollution.
His research includes the development of Acoustic Technologies for the control of noise pollution in the marine environment and the study of the biological and pathological impact of noise on wild organisms.
He is a leading member of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Working Group on Noise and an author of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Good Environmental Status (MSFD-GES). Michel is a member of the ASCOBANS and ACCOBAMS Noise Expert Group, a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC) sound expert group and a member of the ISO/TC43/SC3/WG2 Bioacoustics Expert group. He was Chair of the European Cetacean Society (2003-2007) and since 2005 is Chair of its Science Advisory Committee.
In 2002 Michel André became a Rolex Laureate, receiving the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for the development of technical solutions to balance human marine interests and the conservation of ocean ecosystems, focused on whales and dolphins. He also holds the 1999 Felix Wankel Prize from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Münich, Germany, for his applied research for the protection of sperm whales. In 1998, he received the Young Researcher Award from the Complutense University, Spain, for Environmental research. In 2016, Queen Sofia of Spain presented Michel with the Research Prize of the Spanish Geographical Society.
In 2010 Michel André founded SONSETC, Making Sense of Sounds, aimed at helping offshore industries to be more environmentally responsible through limiting the effects of the noise generated by their activities.