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Dr. Denise L. Herzing

Affliliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Florida Atlantic University

HQ Phone: (561) 297-3000

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Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, Florida 33431

United States

Company Description

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate stud ... more

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Background Information

Affiliations

Fellow
The Explorers Club

Scientific Advisor
American Cetacean Society

Scientific Advisor
Lifeboat Foundation

Board Member
Schoolyard Films

Founder
Wild Dolphin Project Inc

Founder
Shaklee Corporation

Founding Member
Marine Mammal Society

Founder
WDP

Board Member
SAS Company

Fellow In Science Writing
Guggenheim Foundation

Education

B.S.

Marine Zoology

Oregon State University

M.A.

Behavioral Biology

San Francisco State University

Ph.D.

Ph.D.

Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies

Union Institute Graduate School

Ph.D.

Behavioral Biology/Environmental Studies

Union Graduate School

high degree of physical self-coordination

Web References (196 Total References)


People Behind the Science

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Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University, her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School. Denise is author of the book Dolphin Diaries which details her experiences studying dolphins, and she recently co-edited a book called Dolphin Communication and Cognition. Denise is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the Explorers Club. She is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science. 16b34fa9654e84693d670fc5828c96bb Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0000 People Behind the Science Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She... Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University, her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School. Denise is author of the book Dolphin Diaries which details her experiences studying dolphins, and she recently co-edited a book called Dolphin Communication and Cognition. Denise is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the Explorers Club. She is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.


People Behind the Science

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Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University, her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School. Denise is author of the book Dolphin Diaries which details her experiences studying dolphins, and she recently co-edited a book called Dolphin Communication and Cognition. Denise is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the Explorers Club. She is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science. 16b34fa9654e84693d670fc5828c96bb Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0000 People Behind the Science Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She... Dr. Denise Herzing is Director and Founder of a non-profit scientific research organization called The Wild Dolphin Project, as well as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. She received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University, her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University, and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School. Denise is author of the book Dolphin Diaries which details her experiences studying dolphins, and she recently co-edited a book called Dolphin Communication and Cognition. Denise is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the Explorers Club. She is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.


Advisory Committee | The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, Inc.

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Denise Herzing, PhD, Research Director, Wild Dolphin Project; Adjunct Research Faculty, Biological Sciences and Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.

As Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project, Denise has completed 26 years of her long-term study of the Atlantic spotted dolphins inhabiting Bahamian waters. She received her BS in Marine Zoology in 1979; her MA in Behavioral Biology in 1988; and her PhD in Behavioral Biology/Environmental Studies in 1993. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and in the Dept of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. Her fields of interest are animal consciousness, behavior and communication in cetaceans, and environmental ethics. In 2008 Denise received a Guggenheim Fellowship and she is also a fellow of the Explorers Club, a scientific advisor for the Lifeboat Foundation and the American Cetacean Society, and on the board of Schoolyard Films. Denise has authored and co-authored many papers in the fields of whale biology, animal communication, and human consciousness. Coverage of her work with the spotted dolphins has appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Ocean Realm and Sonar magazines. Her work has been featured on Nature, Discovery Channel, PBS, ABC network television, BBC in England and NHK in Japan. Denise has given presentations and lectures to the following research, education and conservation organizations: Society for Marine Mammalogy, European Cetacean Society, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Cetacean Society.


Leadership | Wild Dolphin Project

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Dr. Denise Herzing, Research Director/Founder: Dr. Herzing received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University in 1979; her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University in 1988; and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School in 1993. She began her unprecedented, long-term study of Atlantic spotted dolphins in 1985, and is the founder of The Wild Dolphin Project. Dr. Herzing is the author of numerous articles and papers and is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. Most recently Dr. Herzing has been recognized by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation as a 2008 Fellow. Dr. Herzing is also a 2004 Fellow of the Explorers Club.

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Dr. Fabienne Delfour, Research Associate: Dr. Delfour has worked with the Wild Dolphin Project since 1998 and is a co-author and returning colleague with Dr. Herzing.
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Denise Herzing, Ph.D., Treasurer


"The goal of COMPLEX would be ...

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"The goal of COMPLEX would be to prepare ourselves for assessing other species if we find life in space," said Denise Herzing, the study's author and a biologist at Florida Atlantic University.

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Denise Herzing of the Wild Dolphin Project at work, studying communication within the same dolphin pod, a project she has maintained for almost 30 years. Credit: Wild Dolphin Project
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"We have primarily used two methods for looking at intelligence," said Herzing.
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"Humans have had to give up some of what we thought was 'unique' to us, as animals started showing their true abilities," said Herzing.
Human blinders
As usefully humbling as these revelations are we have still largely failed to judge animal intelligence on its own terms, so to speak.
"Of course, every species is intelligent in the sense that they survive in their environment," said Herzing.
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"I think someday we may be able to just see ourselves as one of many species who has evolved a few specialties, like vocal language and manipulation of things, instead of looking at ourselves as the only species that are smart, because we think having language is smart," said Herzing.
To give appropriate consideration to other aspects of intelligence, Herzing developed COMPLEX. She recruited a small number of scientists, from astrobiologists to a computer scientist, to weigh in on five dimensions of intelligence across several distinctly non-human entities.
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"Since most criteria for human intelligence emphasizes language, cognition and numerical competence, other dimensions of information processing were used to scale organisms in this exercise," Herzing wrote in her paper.
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"COMPLEX was a beginning exercise to see how we might begin to compare types of intelligence without depending on human-only characteristics," said Herzing.
A natural extension of these preliminary findings is to create further criteria and plug in other intelligences.
"It would be great to have hundreds of species measured by the experts and compared," said Herzing. "The five examples chosen were just five of many possible intelligences."
Future versions of COMPLEX could also seek to address oversimplifications of painting a type of creature with too broad a brush. For example, "microbes" is an umbrella term for plankton (plants and animals), fungi, bacteria, Archae and more, covering a continuum of behavior and activity. Thus, all microbes would not rate the same. Herzing said it is one of the goals of COMPLEX to tease out such divisions.
A challenge with COMPLEX, as well as any attempt to assess intelligence in others, is dealing with our own inherent biases. How can we not judge something by human standards, looking through human eyes and calculating with a human brain?
"One of the interesting findings of the exercise was how difficult it was for the experts to think about comparing mammal brains to insect bodies," said Herzing.
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"The challenge with COMPLEX is that we need the data to make the assessments, so it assumes a certain amount of scientific study," said Herzing. "That will be difficult on other planets if we need to do quick assessments, but I think we might eventually put our computers to the task of quickly recognizing patterns if needed."
Every little bit of insight could prove helpful in getting us ready-and willing-to consider the scope of alien intelligences similar to or radically dissimilar from our own. After all, we struggle to grasp just what intelligence is, even when it's right under our noses.
"We haven't done a very good job recognizing other intelligent life, and other human and nonhuman cultures on our own planet," said Herzing.

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