Erin E. Frick, PhD

Assistant Professor of Animal Studies, Eckerd College

Dr. Erin Frick is an Assistant Professor of Animal Studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Originally from Sparta, NJ, Erin earned her B.Sc. in Zoology with minors in Animal Behavior and Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. She then went on to complete her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Brain and Behavior Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, working in the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory with director Dr. Stan Kuczaj.

Maria Maust-Mohl , Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Maust-Mohl received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in Conservation Biology and PhD from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her dissertation focused on the behavior and acoustic signals of hippopotamus and the evolutionary relationship between dolphins and hippos. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY where she studies animal behavior and communication, as well as human perceptions of animals and animal thinking.

Shane Kanatous, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Office: Anatomy/Zoology Building E308
Phone: 970-491-0782
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 kid from New York City became interested in marine biology and physiology. As a child, I remember watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and being fascinated by the ocean and its marine life.

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 skills. Currently Dr.

Andreas Fahlman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University

Andreas 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 his PhD in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 2000, with an award-winning dissertation On the Physiology of Hydrogen Diving and its Implication for Hydrogen Biochemical Decompression, based on research he performed at the Naval Medical Research Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Deirdre Yeater, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University, Connecticut

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 Comparative Psychology and Animal Learning. Dr.