Stan Kuczaj



Research Interests

Comparative cognition, marine mammal behavior and communication, play


Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab


Current Teaching

  • Psychology of Learning (PSY 422)
  • Animal Behavior (PSY 424)
  • Cetacean Behavior and Cognition (PSY 444)
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology (PSY 679)
  • Comparative Psychology (PSY 723)

Recent Publications

Kuczaj, S. A., II. (in press). Language learning in cetaceans. In P. Brooks, V. Kempe, & J. Golsoon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language development.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Smith, C. E., Hurley, B. J., Toms. C.N., Mackey, A.D., Solangi, M. & Kuczaj, S.A. II (in press). Hurricane impacts on the foraging patterns of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Mississippi Sound. Marine Ecology Progress.

Kuczaj, S.A. II (2013). Emotions (and feelings) everywhere. In S. Watanabe & S.A. Kuczaj, II (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Human and Animal Emotions, Springer pp. 277-280.

Kuczaj, S.A. II (2013). Are Conversations Between Dolphins and Humans Possible? International Journal of Comparative Psychology,26,114-123.

Kuczaj, S. A. II., Highfill, L. E., Makecha, R. N., & Byerly, H. C. (2013). Why do dolphins smile? A comparative perspective on dolphin emotions and emotional expressions. In S. Watanabe & S. A. Kuczaj II (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Human and Animal Emotions, Springer. Pp. 63 – 86.

Kuczaj, S. A., & Horback, K. M. (2013). Play and emotions. In S. Watanabe & S. A. Kuczaj II (Eds.), Comparative Perspectives on Human and Animal Emotions, Springer. Pp. 87 – 112.

Miller, L.J., Mackey, A.D.,  Solangi, M., & Kuczaj, S.A. II (2013).  Population abundance and habitat utilization of bottlenose dolphins in the Mississippi Sound.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 23, 145-151.

Miller, L.J, Ziegler-Hill, V., Mellen, J., Koeppel, J., Greer, T. & Kuczaj, S.A. II (2013). Dolphin shows and interaction programs: Benefits for conservation education? Zoo Biology, 32, 45-53.

Watanabe, S. & Kuczaj S.A. II (Eds.) (2013). Comparative Perspectives on Human and Animal Emotions, Springer.

Dudzinski, K.M., Gregg, J., Melillo-Sweeting, K., Seay, B., Levengood, A., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2012).Tactile contact Exchanges Between Dolphins: Self-rubbing versus Interindividual Contact in Three Species from Three Geographies. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 25, 21- 43.

Horback, K.M., Miller, L.J., Andrews, J., Kuczaj, S.A. II, & Anderson, M. (2012). The effects of GPS collars on African elephant (Loxodonta africana) behavior. Applied Animal Behavior Science, 142, pp. 76-81

Horback, K.M, Muraco, H., & Kuczaj, S.A. II. (2012). Variations in interspecific behavior throughout the estrous cycle of a killer whale (Orcinus orca). Aquatic Mammals, 38, pp. 428-434.

Kuczaj, S.A II. (2012). Will humans ever be able to speak to or even understand dolphins? New Scientist, July 7, 57.

Kuczaj, S.A. II, Highfill, L., & Byerly, H. (2012) The Importance of Considering Contex in the Assessment of Personality Characteristics: Evidence from Ratings of Dolphin Personality. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 25, 309-329.

Kuczaj, S.A. II, Yeater, D., & Highfill, L. (2012). How Selective is Social Learning in Dolphins? International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 25 pp. 221-236

Kuczaj, S.A. II, Walker, R.T. (2012). Dolphin problem solving. In T. Zentall & E. Wasserman (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Cognition. Oxford University Press.

Makecha, R., Fad, O., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2012). The Role of Touch in the Social Interactions of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus). International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 25, 60 - 82

Hill, H.M. & Kuczaj, S. A. II (2011).  The development of language. In A. Slater & J.G. Bremner (Eds.), Developmental Psychology. Pp. 319-355. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers.

Miller, L. J., Kuczaj II, S. A. & Herzing, D. (2011), Stereotypic behavior in wild marine carnivores? Zoo Biology, 30, 365-370.

Miller, L. J., Mellen, J., Greer, T., Kuczaj II, S. A. (2011). The effects of education programs on Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) behavior. Animal Welfare, 20, pp. 159-172.

Simard, P., Lace, N., Gowans, S., Quintana-Rizzo, E., Kuczaj, S.A. II, Wells, R.S., & Mann, D.A. (2011), Low frequency narrow-band calls in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Signal properties, function, and conservation implications, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130, 3068-3076