Lori Marino, PhD

Neuroscientist, animal behavior expert

Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence who has been on the faculty at Emory University for almost 20 years. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which is focused on applying scientific knowledge to animal advocacy efforts. She is internationally known for her work on the evolution of brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales and comparisons to primates and has (co) authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal evolution, biology and cognition, self-awareness in other animals, comparative neuroanatomy, as well as human-nonhuman relationships. In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins after which she decided against further research with captive animals. She has published and presented on the effects of captivity on large, social mammals and in 2010 testified before Congress on the paucity of evidence for the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry. She is featured in the recent documentary Blackfish, about the orca captivity industry.

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