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Dr. Denise Herzing L.

Affliliate Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Florida Atlantic University

HQ Phone: (561) 297-3000

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

Founder
Wild Dolphin Project Inc

Fellow
The Explorers Club

Scientific Advisor
American Cetacean Society

Scientific Advisor
Lifeboat Foundation

Board Member
Schoolyard Films

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)


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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They are typically a Masters or PhD student in Biology 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.


The Seals of Nam

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* 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.

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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.


The Wild Dolphin Project - Leadership

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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 a Research Faculty member 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.

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Denise Herzing, Ph.D. Treasurer


The Wild Dolphin Project - Leadership

wilddolphinproject.org [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 a Research Faculty member 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.

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Denise Herzing, Ph.D. Treasurer

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