Lori Marino

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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.[1] 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.[2][3] She has also been interviewed in the documentary Blackfish.


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