How Science Made Me an Animal Advocate | Lori Marino | [email protected]

Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University, where she taught for twenty years. She is president of the Whale Sanctuary Project, whose mission is to create the first seaside sanctuaries for captive orcas and beluga whales in North America, and executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic scholarship and animal advocacy efforts. She has also appeared in several documentaries, including Blackfish, about the orca captivity industry, and Unlocking the Cage, about the Nonhuman Rights Project’s effort to gain legal personhood for other animals. Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University, where she taught for twenty years. She is president of the Whale Sanctuary Project, whose mission is to create the first seaside sanctuaries for captive orcas and beluga whales in North America, and executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic scholarship and animal advocacy efforts.

Lori has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on dolphin and whale brain evolution and anatomy, cognition and self-awareness, captive dolphin and whale welfare, and, the ethics of human-nonhuman animal relationships. She has also appeared in several documentaries, including Blackfish, about the orca captivity industry, and Unlocking the Cage, about the Nonhuman Rights Project’s effort to gain legal personhood for other animals.


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