Lori Marino, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae Marion Copeland, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer (animal behavior, cognition, neuroscience, ethics), Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory University
Faculty, Emory University Center for Ethics
Founder and Executive Director, The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

Biographical Statement
I am a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence who has studied the evolution of brain and intelligence in dolphins, whales and primates. In 2001 Diana Reiss and I co-authored a study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins after which I abandoned research with captive animals for ethical reasons. I’ve studied the various effects of captivity on highly intelligent, social animals such as cetaceans, elephants and great apes. I am also Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy and Science Director for the Nonhuman Rights Project. I am committed to bringing animal protection into mainstream scholarship and education and look forward to the opportunity to do that through Humane Society University.

HSU Activities
Courses Taught
AS623 Evolution: Biological Continuity and Adaptation,
AS416/616 Animal Behavior, Animal Minds, and Animal Protection

Areas of Interest/Research

  • Cetacean (dolphin and whale) intelligence and behavior
  • Cetacean and primate comparisons
  • Neuroanatomy and brain evolution in mammals
  • Self-awareness in other animals
  • Effects of captivity on animals
  • Dolphin Assisted Therapy

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