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 what attracted Lauren.

DCP was Lauren’s first experience being a part of a research team in the summer of 2014, as an intern.

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 the Dolphin Communication Project in the fall of 2013. During her time with DCP, Gillian helped digitize and measure whistles from a group of dolphins located at Dolphin Encounters in The Bahamas. Check out the thesis page for Gillian’s thesis abstract.

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 middle school she adopted a lab rat her aunt rescued and would stay up at night and record it’s behavior in her journal.

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 in both CT and Bimini.

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 summer (2010), Janan is interning with DCP, learning how to do video logs, photo identification, and data entry. This internship will prepare Janan for writing her senior thesis at Connecticut College; her focus will likely be on the relationship between behavioral interactions between individuals and acoustics.

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 with dual B.S. degrees in Animal Science and Marine Biology to enhance her background in the sciences. She loved her experience at URI so much that she decided to continue her education in the Animal Science graduate department there.

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 completed her undergraduate senior thesis looking at object play in dolphins in collaboration with DCP. Whitney also volunteered at Mystic Aquarium, at The Seas in EPCOT with the Walt Disney Company, and at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium, in addition to multiple veterinary and research positions.

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.
Pectoral fin contact is a common behavior observed between bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Age and sex correlations were found to exist in the pectoral fin contact behavior of bottlenose dolphins in human care at the Roatan Institute for Marine Science. Younger dolphins and male dolphins were observed to initiate more pectoral fin touches and rubs than any other age and sex categories.