The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

In conversation with Amy Parish
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Episode Summary
Reiss, a leading expert on dolphins (adviser for the Oscar-winning film, The Cove), offers both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener in this reflection on one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.

Participant(s) Bio
Diana Reiss is a cognitive psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychology at Hunter College and the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program of CUNY. She is a research scientist and director of dolphin research at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and a research associate at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in DC where she conducts research on elephants. Much of her work focuses on vocal communication and vocal learning in dolphins using observational and experimental approaches. Her advocacy work in conservation and animal welfare includes the protection of dolphins in the tuna-fishing industry and her current efforts to bring an end to the killing of dolphins in the drive hunts in Japan. Dr. Reiss was the scientific advisor to the 2009 award-winning documentary, The Cove.

Dr. Amy Parish is a biological anthropologist, primatologist, and Darwinian feminist who has taught at University of Southern California in the Gender Studies, Arts and Letters, and Anthropology programs and departments since 1999. She has taught at University College London and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Giessen in Germany on the topic of reciprocity.