Graduated Students

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. She always knew she wanted to work with animals in some capacity and tried out working in pet stores, as a vet tech, and even taking care…

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. As a Graduate Assistant, Darcie taught undergraduate labs and worked at…

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. She is pursuing her…

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 Unpublished Bachelors Thesis, University of Miami. Abstract: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. The differences suggest support for potential links to social development in…

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. During her internship, she worked on video logging to confirm identification of the dolphins in research footage filmed on Roatan, Honduras, as well as confirming identification and…

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. During her internship, she spent much of her time focused on dolphin identification and recording pectoral fin rubbing behavior in both the bottlenose and spotted dolphin populations in Honduras and Bimini that DCP studies. After such an amazing internship, Alexis decided to continue collaborating with…

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. Janan spent the last…

Niccole Van Hoey

Undergraduate: Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL) - BS in Biology (concentration in marine biology) 2008Currently attending Alaska Pacific University - M.Sc. Environmental Science Niccole grew up in Northeastern Indiana where at a very young age she had her first taste of science following her father around who was a wildlife biologist. As she got older, she remembers countless occasions going into the field with her father to assist with various surveys and projects including habitat restoration projects, the trapping and banding of Canadian geese, and the reintroduction of river otters into native streams and rivers in Indiana. It was during…

Kristy Beard

Kristy Beard's Master's Thesis Citation: Beard, K. (2008) Use of Bubble Emissions by Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins (Stenella frontalis) Relative to Age and Sex Please contact DCP for a PDF of this thesis Abstract:In marine mammals, communication is a combination of acoustic, visual, and tactile signals, which may be used singly or concurrently to modify the intended message(s). While most cetacean species have been reported using visual signals as communicative displays, and visual communication is believed to be important to cetaceans, current literature reveals less research on visual communication in dolphins than on acoustic communication. For years,…

Jennifer Hendry

Jennifer Hendry Doctoral Dissertation Hendry, J. L. (2004). The ontogeny of echolocation in an atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, College of Education and Psychology of The University of Southern Mississippi. Dissertation Table of Contents Dissertation Introduction Abstract:This study aimed to expand on previous efforts to evaluate the ontogeny of echolocation in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Data consisted of echolocation recordings and concurrent behavioral observations taken from one calf in 2000 and from five additional dolphin calves and their mothers in 2002 housed at the U.S. Naval facility in San Diego, CA. A total of 361 echolocation…

Robin Paulos

Robin Paulos completed both her MS degree and doctorate in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Details related to her MS thesis, finished in conjunction with DCP, are included below. After spending several years as a Sub-contractor working on injury assessment in the Gulf of Mexico, Robin is now working for the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office as a Coastal Resource Program Specialist. Robin Master's Thesis Citation: Paulos, R. (2004). Non-vocal communication in the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) and the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): sequential analyses of inter- and intra-specific patterns of behavior. Unpublished Master's Thesis, College of…

Pam Lovejoy

Pam Lovejoy is currently PhD candidate, Binghamton University. Pam was a volunteer with DCP, adn completed an internship between June 2012 and August 2012 at our field site in Bimini.

Shawn Makepeace

Master's Thesis Citation: Makepeace, S. (2008) Structural changes in dolphin tonal vocalizations in a changing soundscape: A field study. Unpublished Master's Thesis PDF COMING SOON Abstract:The ocean is a naturally noisy environment. Until recently, understanding of the effects of ambient noise on cetacean vocalizations has been limited. Cetaceans have to cope with not only naturally occurring noise such as wind, waves, precipitation, ice, biological and seismic activity, but also with man-made noise as well. Varying noise levels can have deleterious effects on a dolphin’s ability to communicate. This study focused on a population of wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus)…

Lauren Miller

Graduate Student, PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiLauren was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and received her B.S. in biology from Hillsdale College in 2005. There, she enrolled in a summer field course in marine biology set in Long Key, Florida. While on Long Key, Lauren volunteered at the Keys Marine Laboratory in Layton, where the Marine Animal Rescue Society of Miami was housing and rehabilitating a young stranded Pantropical spotted dolphin. This was her first hands-on experience with dolphins and when the smile didn’t leave her face for days afterwards, she knew she had found her calling. Not having much…

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. Gillian received her BS in Zoology (concentration in Neurology…

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