Lori Marino is a neuroscientist who was on the faculty at Emory University for 20 years. She 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. She is also the Executive Director and Board President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, a non-profit organization devoted to establishing a model seaside cetacean sanctuary.
Lori conducts noninvasive research on dolphin and whale brains and intelligence and comparisons with primates. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative neuroanatomy, self-awareness in other animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and animal welfare and protection.
In 2001, Lori co-authored a groundbreaking study showing that dolphins can recognize themselves in mirrors, and she has conducted earlier research showing that many dolphin brains are second only to those of modern humans in relative size. Her recent collaborative work has revealed a new auditory pathway in (postmortem) dolphin brains.
Lori is also Lead Scientist for the Someone, Not Something Project, a collaboration between Farm Sanctuary and The Kimmela Center focused on cognition and intelligence in farm animals. She was also the Lead Scientist for the Nonhuman Rights Project for two years.
Lori has appeared in several films and television programs, including the documentary Blackfish, about killer whale captivity, and was recently featured as a National Geographic Innovator.