Radhika Makecha

Undergraduate Education: Texas A&M University – B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Graduate Education: M. A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology – Emphasis: Comparative Psychology

Masters Thesis: The ontogeny of social play partners in bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves Doctorate Thesis: An investigation of the use of touch in the social interactions of a group of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)

Research Interests: Research interests include comparative cognition and behavior, including animal emotions and welfare. More specifically, I am interested in dolphin and elephant cognition and behavior as well as applying research on comparative cognition to conservation and education purposes.

Past positions: Instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University Current position: Assistant Professor of Psychology at the College of the Bahamas