Orca Brains and Intelligence: The Evolutionary Story

July 25, 2019
6:30 p.m.
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Summer Lecture Series Orca Brains and Intelligence: The Evolutionary Story

Dr. Lori Marino, Founder, and President of The Whale Sanctuary Project will discuss “Orca Brains and Intelligence: The Evolutionary Story.” 

In her talk, Lori will explore the surprising and fascinating story of how orcas evolved their large complex brains over tens of millions of years and some of what we know those brains are doing as well as remaining mysteries. Come learn how dolphin and whale brains became the most elaborated mammal brains in the oceans (and maybe the planet) and what some of the features of the modern orca brain tell us about their intelligence, their emotional lives, and their experience.

Lori Marino is a marine mammal neuroscientist who was on the faculty of Emory University for twenty years.  Lori is founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project and also executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy. Lori has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on brain evolution, intelligence and self-awareness in other animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and captivity issues. Lori appears in several films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary, Blackfish, and  Long Gone Wild, the 2019 documentary on the plight of captive orcas around the world.