Lori Marino is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy. She was formerly a Senior Lecturer at Emory University for 19 years and Faculty Affiliate at the Emory Center for Ethics.
Along with Diana Reiss, she helped publish the first study showing mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins in 2001. She later became involved with work in dolphin neuroanatomy, showing that the brains of dolphins became as complex as those of great apes through a different neuroanatomical route. She was close friends with Diana Reiss, but later became estranged from Reiss due to her objections to studies involving captive dolphins of any kind. She has also been interviewed in the documentary Blackfish.