Dr. Richard Connor, Professor in the Biology Department, at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, will speak on “Big Brains and Dolphin Politics” at the Buttonwood Park Zoo on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. For nearly thirty years Dr. Connor has conducted research on a unique population of Indian Ocean bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia. His research has also included study of dolphins and whales in the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean, and India where he explored a range of questions focused on behavior and ecology.
Professor Connor’s extensive experience with dolphin research includes over seventy five publications authored or co-authored, participation in seventy speaking engagements and workshops and in television appearances.
His current research efforts with the Dolphin Alliance Project will seek to understand why dolphins have such large brains and high intelligence, a mystery that has puzzled and fascinated scientists for decades. Over the next few years, the Project will launch a series of integrated studies on the behavior, genetics, ecology, communication and cognition of the Shark Bay dolphin alliance network that will allow efforts to finally understand the extraordinary mind of the dolphin.
This free lecture is sponsored by the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society.