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Dr. Denise L. Herzing

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Research Director and Founder

Phone: (561) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: d***@***.org
Local Address:  West Palm Beach , Florida , United States
Wild Dolphin Project Inc
JUPITER , Florida 33458
United States

Company Description: The Wild Dolphin Project (WDP), founded by Dr. Denise Herzing in 1985, is engaged in an ambitious, long-term scientific study of a specific pod of Atlantic spotted...   more

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  • B.S. , Marine Zoology
    Oregon State University
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D
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Leadership | Wild Dolphin Project, 13 June 2015 [cached]
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.
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.
They are typically a Masters or PhD student in Biology with Dr. Herzing.
Denise Herzing, Ph.D., Treasurer
Earlier this month, Florida Atlantic ... [cached]
Earlier this month, Florida Atlantic University dolphin researcher and Guggenheim fellow Denise Hertzing announced that a cellphone-sized device now being tested in the Bahamas may allow the mammals to communicate with us. Worn around a diver's neck, it uses mathematical formulas to decode dolphins' whistles and clicks into human language.
"As dolphins are likely to be the second smartest creature on the planet, with similar cognitive abilities and complex social structures to humans, this device will hopefully open the window for a great understanding and connection with other sentient beings," she said in a press release.
Letter to South Africa - Press Release -, 2 Dec 2013 [cached]
* Dr. Denise L. Herzing, Research Director, Wild Dolphin Project, 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences and Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.A.
Wild Dolphin Project, 13 June 2015 [cached]
Denise first encountered Burgundy’s grandmother, Paint, as a juvenile dolphin in 1985. She has known Paint for over 30 years!
Fortunately, Dr. Michelle Green and Dr. Denise Herzing have been able to assess paternity using a non-invasive method by collecting fecal samples (yes, this means human researchers collect dolphin poop). So far, Dr. Green has shown that the oldest males in the population are siring offspring, and in all pairings but one, the male is older than the female (check out the scientific publication here).
Denise first observed BigGash as a fully mature male in 1986.
Our first trip will be led by myself, along with two of Dr. Herzing's graduate students, Nate Skyzypczak and Sommer Kuhn.
Later in the season, Dr. Herzing will be onboard leading trips and continuing her two-way work with the spotted dolphins. This work was recently featured in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine, which can be read online here. She will be joined by some of her colleagues including Dr. Thad Starner of Georgia Tech, Dr. Adam Pack, and Dr. Fabienne Delfour.
Dr. Denise Herzing engages a juvenile dolphin in play with a novel toy, while wearing the CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry) box.
To read more about Dr. Green and Dr. Herzing's genetic work and paternity analysis
Simply knowing we were playing a small part in the work Dr. Herzing is doing was so rewarding " states Shauna.
In the 30 years that Dr. Denise Herzing has been studying spotted dolphins with the Wild Dolphin Project we have learned a lot about their natural history, behavior, social structure, communication, and habitat.
Luckily, Dr. Herzing and some of her former graduate students including Dr. Cindy Elliser (now with the Harbor Porpoise Project) have answered some of these questions.
In one case, a previously lost individual was reidentified ten years later by matching a melon mark (to learn more read Dolphin Diaries by Dr. Â Denise Herzing).
Dr. Herzing's graduate students also presented talks on their master's thesis research in the evenings and we watched several different documentaries.
article by Dr. Denise Herzing
CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemetry) is an underwater computer designed by Dr. Thad Starner and his team at Georgia Tech. CHAT receives sounds via two hydrophones, and produces sounds through an underwater speaker. The Wild Dolphin Project, under the direction of Dr. Denise Herzing and with the help of colleagues Dr. Adam Pack and Dr. Fabienne Delfour, created a few basic artificial sounds, specifically whistles (outside of the dolphins natural repertoire) to label a few play objects (Sargassum â€" a natural play toy, scarf, and rope â€" toys that humans bring in the water).
Dr. Herzing tests her CHAT box before entering the water.
Dr. Herzing and a team member practice with each other using the CHAT boxes underwater.
A TED talk by Dr. Herzing on communicating with dolphins
New Scientist article on Dr. Denise Herzing's Two-Way work with dolphins
After hearing a lucky forecast for southeast winds, Dr. Herzing made the call and we headed out on Friday January 31st, for the first time in over 10 years. Â We crossed the Gulf Stream in high seas, roughly 6 -12 foot swells, but eventually made it over to the West End marina. Â After clearing customs, we set out to search for the dolphins.Â
Dr. Denise L Herzing, Founder and Research Director, WDP
When a free-living Atlantic spotted ..., 28 April 2015 [cached]
When a free-living Atlantic spotted dolphin named Luna got separated from her days-old infant in murky water in the presence of a large tiger shark, research scientist Denise Herzing, founder of the Wild Dolphin Project, wrote, "I had never heard a mother more vocally distressed.
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