After co-authoring a study which offered the first conclusive evidence that dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror, Lori Marino decided not to conduct any further research with captive animals.
Instead, she founded the Whale Sanctuary Project, which aims to establish a seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can live in an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat.
Dr. Marino will discuss the project in a free online presentation Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to the event, hosted by Windsor Anthrozoology.
Marino, a neuroscientist and expert in animal behaviour and intelligence, formerly served on the faculty of Emory University. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in nonhuman animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and the evolution of intelligence.