About Us - a small team with a big vision

Con Slobodchikoff, PhD

Founder and President

Con is an expert in animal language. His book, Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals (St. Martin’s Press) showed that a number of animals have language and can talk. It is just that we don’t listen. Con’s goal is to help people to listen to animals and understand that animals have much to tell us.

Find out more about Con at conslobodchikoff.com

Steve DiPaola, PhD

Steve is a computer based cognitive scientist, artist and researcher. His main research areas are cognitive, character and expression based artificial intelligence, interaction and computer graphics.
Steve is the past Director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, an interdisciplinary computer based art/science research school with ~800 undergrads, ~100 masters and PhD students. Browse his research lab (iVizlab), his science publications, and his artwork.

Find out more about Steve at dipaola.org

About Us

Our Board of Advisors

We’re building a trusted group of passionate, talented advisors to help us build our business and future.

Marc Bekoff

Marc is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has published more than 1000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters), 30 books, and has edited three encyclopedias.

Find out more about Marc at marcbekoff.com

Sharon Anderson Morris

Sharon Anderson Morris is the programs director for Strategic News Service and SNS Future in Review (FiRe) events; the managing director of FiReFilms, supporting world-changing documentaries from conception through distribution to create positive global awareness and change; and co-founder, producer, and interviewer for the SNS “Future in Review” Speaker Series in Utah, hosted by Impact Hub Salt Lake City and sponsored by USTAR. Sharon is also on the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Technology Task Force and the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) team.

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Roger Payne

Roger Payne is best known for his discovery (with Scott McVay) that humpback whales sing songs and for his calculation showing that the sounds of fin and blue whales can be heard across oceans (since confirmed). His BA degree is from Harvard, and his Ph.D. from Cornell. His earliest work was on directional hearing in bats and his Ph.D. dissertation on how owls locate mice in total darkness based solely on hearing them move. From 1967 to 1982, he had a dual appointment at the Wildlife Conservation Society and Rockefeller University. He remained at Rockefeller University until 1985, before leaving to devote full time to Ocean Alliance, the institute he founded and of which he now serves as president.

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