Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior.
She was on the faculty at Emory University for 20 years, and is currently the founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to academic and science-based advocacy for other animals.
Dr. Marino conducts noninvasive research on dolphin and whale intelligence and comparisons with primates. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on dolphin and whale biology and cognition, comparative neuroanatomy, self-awareness, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and animal welfare and protection. She has extensively studied the welfare of dolphins and whales in theme parks, has published on the educational claims of the theme park industry, and, in 2010, reported her findings on the public display of marine mammals to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. She continues to work with a number of other organizations on these issues.
Dr. Marino was also the Lead Scientist for the Nonhuman Rights Project for two years, and has appeared in several films and television programs, including the documentary Blackfish, about killer whale (orca) captivity. She was recently featured as a National Geographic Innovator.