A presentation/discussion on the current knowledge of dolphin and whale brain evolution and anatomy and how these brains present a challenge to primate-centered views of intelligence and complexity.

2015 Marino Pics 004 Ocala

Guest Speaker: Lori Marino, Ph.D.
President of The Whale Sanctuary Project
Formerly Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program 
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

DATE: Tuesday October 11th, 2016, 10.30am

LOCATION: Theatre 'D', Tupper Building, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University. She is currently President of The Whale Sanctuary Project, whose mission is to create the first seaside sanctuaries for orcas and beluga whales in North America, and Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic scholarship and animal advocacy efforts, especially in the realms of wild animal welfare in captivity and farmed animal well-being.

Her research focuses on the use of brain imaging methods to probe both the evolution and modern anatomy of cetacean brains (from fossils and postmortem tissues). She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal neuroanatomy and cognition, as well as marine mammal captivity issues, such as, dolphin assisted therapy. In 2001, she and Dr. Diana Reiss published the first study to demonstrate mirror self-recognition in dolphins.  And as recently as 2015 she co-authored a paper in Proceedings: Biological Sciences yielding an unprecedented finding about the dolphin auditory system. Lori appears in several films and television programs including the 2013 documentaryBlackfish.

This event is part of the BRC Neurodegenerative Cluster* and is sponsored by the Brain Repair Centre.

*The Neurodegenerative Cluster is one of five BRC Clusters that allow members to collaborate and participate in multidisciplinary translational research to understand causes, determine early detection, and develop interventions to sure or minimize the burden of these disorders on the nervous system. For more information about these clusters or how to become a member, contact Eleanor Seaman-Bolton, Program Administrator, BRC 


Saturday the 30th. © 2018. All rights reserved.. Bridgewater Media Services