Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab Members on Campus


Laboratory Director:

Dr. Stan Kuczaj

B.A. University of Texas

Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Research interests: comparative cognition, marine mammal behavior and cognition, play

Graduate Students:

Audra Ames 

B.A. Southern Methodist University 

Research interest: dolphin communication

Natalia Botero Acosta

B. S. Universidad de Antioquia. Medellín, Colombia

Research interests: behavioral ecology and social structure of marine mammals, female reproductive ecology, animal communication, social bonding, and group formation/stability

Erin Frick

B.S. University of New Hampshire

Research interests: marine mammal personality development, social behavior, epimeletic behavior, tool use, neurobiology, and comparative cognition

Pepper Hanna

B.S. Loyola University

Research interests: marine mammal cognition, social behavior, environmental enrichment, and tool use

Lisa Lauderdale 

B.S. University of Illinois

Research interests: learning, problem solving, planning, and conservation

Shauna McBride

B.A. Agnes Scott College

Research interests: social behavior, behavioral ecology, and conservation


Kelsey Moreno

B.S. Western Washington University

Research interests: social behavior, social structure and dynamics, bonding, bond formation, and culture in animals 

Ali Taylor

B.S. Kent State University

Research interests: problem solving, cognition and communication, social behavior, and conservation


Sarah Walkley

B.A. Florida Atlantic University

Research interests: bioacoustics, animal behavior, and cetacean communication, and cognition

 Kelley Winship

B.S. University of Miami

Research interests: cetacean cognition, cooperative behavior, empathy, and altruism

Maria Zapetis

B.A. Reed College

Research interests: bioacoustics, echolocation, non-deleterious deterrents, conservation, comparative cognition, and ontogeny of personality