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. Since 2015, she has brought students from Manhattan College to Bimini for a study abroad course in connection with Hunter College. She is currently collaborating with DCP to examine sightings of bottlenose dolphins near Bimini.