The Dolphin Communication Project teams up with a number of researchers and scientist at various institutions and universities around the world. Together, our network of collaborators help conduct research at DCP's field sites, and supervise students from a number of universities. Here's an (ever expanding) list of some of our closest collaborators, students, media, university and institution partners.

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John Anderson

Director, Terramar Productions John Anderson has been diving for 35 years and photographing ocean wildlife for more than 25 years. In 1999, he launched Terramar Productions LLC, a young, though seasoned, media production company, to focus his talents on creating marine-related environmental films, DVDs and fine art photography. With thousands…

Stan Kuczaj, Ph.D.

Stan Kuczaj was a longtime friend of and collaborator with the Dolphin Communication Project. Everyone here at DCP is sad to have lost Stan, but are eternally grateful for all that he has done for our organization, and for his amazing contributions to marine mammal science. Below is a biography…

Briana Seay

Currently attending University of Southern Mississippi | Master’s/PhD student in Experimental Psychology B.A. Environmental Studies (focus in Marine Biology), minor in Biology-Eckerd College 2005 Briana was born and raised in Orlando, Fl. She was obsessed with animals as young as she can remember and her first word was ”doggie”. In…

Marie Trone, Ph.D.

Marie Trone, PhD, is a Professor of Biology at Valencia College, Kissimmee, Florida and an Adjunct Professor, Brain and Behavior Science at University of Southern Mississippi.

Darcie Blanding

Research Associate Brief Biological Sketch B.S. Marine Biology ~ University of Rhode Island B.S. Animal & Veterinary Science ~ University of Rhode Island Master’s candidate, Animal Science ~ University of Rhode Island Darcie grew up in North Waterboro, Maine. She attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated in 2004…

Riley Macgregor

B.S. University of Wisconsin-River Falls  Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab, University of Southern Mississippi  

J. Daisy Kaplan, Ph.D.

Daisy Kaplan has been studying the behavior of dolphins and whales for over a decade. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she studied juvenile social interactions among wild spotted dolphins in White Sand Ridge, Bahamas, while leading ecotourist groups for Oceanic Society. She then…

Sacred Heart University at Bimini

Remaining spaces will filled on a first-come, first-serve basis until 1 March. Submit your application & deposit today! This page includes details on DCP's 2015 field course with Sacred Heart University (SHU). All participants must register for this program through SHU, however visiting students are encouraged to apply. For details…

Nicole Danaher-Garcia

Nicole graduated from Duke University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. Following a lifelong love of animals, she accepted her first animal husbandry internship at Mystic Aquarium where she learned about sea lion training and animal behavior. During this internship…

Whitney Greene

Whitney graduated from Tabor Academy in 2006 and from Connecticut College in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She has worked with the Dolphin Communication Project since 2007 as a volunteer and intern. Whitney is particularly interested in the role of object play and tool use in dolphins and…

Eastern Kentucky University

Field Course in Cetacean Ecology with Eastern Kentucky University THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS IF LINKS ARE NOT YET ACTIVE. This page includes details on DCP's 2015 seminar & field course with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). All participants much register through EKU, however…

Shane Kanatous, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Office: Anatomy/Zoology Building E308 Phone: 970-491-0782 Email: Shane.Kanatous@ColoState.EDU I am a Brooklyn, New York native transformed into the rare hybrid of a Texas Aggie who worked for the University of Texas System and is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. I have often been asked how a…

Alison Gardell

Gardell, A. M. (2006) Examining pectoral fin contact in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) for potential correlations with age and sex categories. Unpublished Bachelors Thesis, University of Miami. Abstract:Pectoral fin contact is a common behavior observed between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Age and sex correlations were found to exist in the…

Hunter College

Bimini Field Course in Dolphin Behavior and Communication - Hunter College, CUNY Summer 2015 dates TBD $2440 (per person, based on double occupancy; contact us for check discount details) Included: 13 nights' accommodation (steps away from beach and harbor), 3 family-style meals/day (lunch & dinner on arrival day; breakfast on…

Allison B. Kaufman, Ph.D.

Research scientist, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut Allison B. Kaufman is research scientist with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, where she also teaches as a adjunct professor in the departments of Marine Biology and Psychology. Allison holds…

Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences

Founded in 1989, the primary objective of the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) is the preservation of Roatan's natural resources through education and research. In the past decade, RIMS has established itself as a dedicated teaching institution. RIMS is visited year-round by students and groups from colleges, universities and…

Lauren Larson

Lauren Larson is currently an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Psychology, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Communication Studies. Although she grew up in Nebraska, Lauren did not let that stop her from wanting to work with dolphins and learn about scientific research. DCP’s behavioral research and education programs are…

Dawn Melzer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Dr. Melzer received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Her previous research projects focused on cognitive development in young children, specifically mental state understanding and executive function…

Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounters (DE) at Blue Lagoon Island is one of the top tourist attractions in Nassau, The Bahamas and is owned and operated by a local family. DE began in 1989 when two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins were rescued from an aquarium that closed in Nassau. The animals were relocated to…

Peter M. Scheifele, Ph.D. LCDR USN (Ret.)

Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati Associate Professor Associate Professor Peter is a Vietnam veteran and retired Navy Lieutenant Commander. Having entered the Navy as an enlisted man he served in various ratings. Peter also began working with marine animals while in the Navy and was the Director of Training for…

Alexis Levengood

B.A. - Biology (focus in Marine Biology) and Environmental Studies, minor in Psychology – Connecticut College, May 2010. Alexis started as an intern with DCP in the summer of 2009, during her junior year at Connecticut College. She gained an immense amount of experience and had the best time working…

Leslie Cornick, Ph.D.

Professor Marine Biology & Statistics at Alaska Pacific University • Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology, Texas A&M University• M.A. Physiology and Behavioral Biology, San Francisco State University• B.A. Biological Anthropology, University of California at San Diego If I had to sum up my research philosophy in one word, it would be synergy.…

Janan Evans-Wilent

Janan Evans-Wilent graduated from Ithaca High School in 2007 and will be a senior at Connecticut College this fall, 2010. Janan is an Environmental Studies major, but takes all the biology classes she can! Outside of the science world, she is on the varsity rowing team at Connecticut College. This…

Zoo Duisburg

Dudzinski began DCP's studies of the dolphins at Zoo Duisburg in late 2012. She was invited to observe the dolphins and spent time documenting their behavior and vocalizations. There are nine dolphins calling the dolphinarium at Zoo Duisburg home. When Dudzinski visited in 2012 and 2013, 1 adult male, 3…

Azura Consulting

Azura Consulting LLC is a new woman-owned small business working to empower people and organizations to meet their goals while also conserving natural resources and minimizing impacts to the environment. Azura also aims to foster environmental stewardship and an excitement for science within our communities. Azura CEO Amy Whitt, M.E.M.…

Elizabeth Hawkins, Ph.D.

Director, Dolphin Research Australia Elizabeth Hawkins, PhD Since 2000, Dr. Elizabeth Hawkins has been researching the intricate and fascinating lives of dolphins. Elizabeth’'s research focuses on the behaviour, social dynamics and communication of dolphins. Her honours research, which was completed in 2002, examined the behaviour and acoustics of a group…

Niccole Van Hoey

Undergraduate: Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL) - BS in Biology (concentration in marine biology) 2008Currently attending Alaska Pacific University - M.Sc. Environmental Science Niccole grew up in Northeastern Indiana where at a very young age she had her first taste of science following her father around who was a wildlife…

Rebecca Singer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgetown College

Bimini Undersea

DCP first met Bimini Undersea (then Bill & Nowdla Keefe's Bimini Undersea) in 1997 during the filming of DOLPHINS. Bill & Nowdla were so welcoming and encouraging of DCP's research off Bimini. DCP regularly joined their dolphin trips from 2001 - 2012 and continues to be invited aboard Adventurer today.…

Brittany McIntosh

Brittany McIntosh Info coming soon

Kristy Beard

Kristy Beard's Master's Thesis Citation: Beard, K. (2008) Use of Bubble Emissions by Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) Relative to Age and Sex Please contact DCP for a PDF of this thesis Abstract:In marine mammals, communication is a combination of acoustic, visual, and tactile signals, which…

Radhika Makecha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Bimini Adventures

Bimini Adventures, headed by Al Sweeting Jr, have formally supported DCP's research off Bimini, The Bahamas since 2006. Operating out of Sea Crest Hotel & Marina, Bimini Adventures grant space for DCP researchers on their trips in search of wild dolphins. Al, with more than 20 years experience guiding tourists…

Andreas Fahlman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Texas A&M UniversityAndreas Fahlman, Ph.D. is a comparative physiologist whose research projects revolve around the central question of how animals function in challenging environments. He was born and raised in Sweden, and moved to Hawaii in 1993 to pursue a BSc in Marine Biology. He completed…

Jennifer Hendry

Jennifer Hendry Doctoral Dissertation Hendry, J. L. (2004). The ontogeny of echolocation in an atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, College of Education and Psychology of The University of Southern Mississippi. Dissertation Table of Contents Dissertation Introduction Abstract:This study aimed to expand on previous efforts to evaluate the…

Steve Turnbull, Ph.D.

Executive Director - Canadian Shark Conservation Society, University of New Brunswick I have worked at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John for over 20 years. I teach several different biology courses which include zoology, animal behavior, marine mammals, wildlife ecotourism, and environmental science. I also teach two field…

Robin Paulos

Robin Paulos completed both her MS degree and doctorate in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Details related to her MS thesis, finished in conjunction with DCP, are included below. After spending several years as a Sub-contractor working on injury assessment in the Gulf of Mexico, Robin is now…

Pam Lovejoy

Pam Lovejoy is currently PhD candidate, Binghamton University. Pam was a volunteer with DCP, adn completed an internship between June 2012 and August 2012 at our field site in Bimini.

Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Biography Dr. Deirdre Yeater received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Experimental Psychology with a Concentration in Marine Mammal Cognition and Behavior. Dr. Yeater is an Associate Professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She enjoys teaching courses such as…

Shawn Makepeace

Master's Thesis Citation: Makepeace, S. (2008) Structural changes in dolphin tonal vocalizations in a changing soundscape: A field study. Unpublished Master's Thesis PDF COMING SOON Abstract:The ocean is a naturally noisy environment. Until recently, understanding of the effects of ambient noise on cetacean vocalizations has been limited. Cetaceans have to…

Heather Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Mary's University Biography Dr. Heather Hill completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station with a minor in Oceanography in 1996. She earned her master’s (2000) and doctoral (2003) degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi under the mentorship of Dr.…

Lauren Miller

Graduate Student, PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiLauren was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and received her B.S. in biology from Hillsdale College in 2005. There, she enrolled in a summer field course in marine biology set in Long Key, Florida. While on Long Key, Lauren volunteered at the Keys Marine…

Mai Sakai, Ph.D.

Tokai University Institute of Innovative Science and Technology, Research Fellow of the JSPSSpecialties: Ethology, CognitionInterests: Social touch and synchrony, underwater behavior, social cognition in dolphins My research focus is on cetacean behavior and sociality. Cetaceans, especially odontocetes, have attracted research interest due to their large brains, highly sophisticated cognitive abilities,…

Gillian Reily

Gillian Reily grew up in Southeastern Michigan and spent most of her summers in Florida with her grandparents where she fell in love with dolphins at a young age. Growing up she knew that she wanted to work with dolphins and her passion led her to seek an internship with…

Tadamichi Morisaka, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Tokai University Institute of Innovative Science and TechnologySpecialties: Bioacoustics, Ethology, Ecology, CognitionInterests: Evolution of odontocetes’ acoustic communicationOdontocetes, or toothed whales, use various sounds to search their environments and to communicate with each other. How, when and why do they evolve such a variable sounds? This is my research interest.…

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