Justin Gregg received his doctorate from the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin Ireland in 2008. He has been a research associate with DCP since 2004, assisting with data collection on Bimini for 2004 and leading the field research on Mikura Island for the 2005, 2006, and 2007 field seasons. He is currently a co-editor at the academic journal Aquatic Mammals.
Justin obtained a BA in linguistics from the University of Vermont in 1998 and studied Sound Engineering and Music Technology at the Sound Training Centre in Dublin Ireland before beginning his PhD studies in 2004.
Justin has been fascinated by marine mammals since his childhood; adopting a humpback whale named Stub when he was 8, a picture of whom hung above his bed for many years. Through the study of psychology, Justin found a way to combine his love of languages and language with his interest in marine mammal behavior. His doctoral research focused on how echolocation use may be related to a dolphin's ability to comprehend referential signaling - an important building block for complex communication systems and an indispensable component of human language.
Justin is also freelance science writer and author of the book Are Dolphins Really Smart?.
He writes about animal behavior and cognition, with articles and blog
posts appearing in Aeon Magazine, Scientific American, Slate, Diver
Magazine, and other print and online publications (more info here). Justin produced and hosted the dolphin science podcast The Dolphin Pod, and has provided voices for characters in a number of animated films (more info here). Justin regularly lectures on topics related to animal/dolphin cognition (more info here). He also blogs about science and humor/nerd/pop culture topics on his personal blog at justingregg.com. Justin has also been known to write his own biography in the third person, which has never really fooled anyone.