Diana Reiss, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Hunter College.
Her research focuses on marine mammal cognition and communication, comparative animal cognition, and the evolution of intelligence. Her past work includes cognitive studies with interactive keyboards with dolphins to investigate their learning and communicative abilities, research in mirror self-recognition in marine mammals and elephants, marine mammal vocal repertoires and vocal and behavioral development in dolphins. Her work also involves the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded marine mammals.
She was one of the scientists instrumental in the campaign to protect dolphins from being killed in tuna nets that resulted in the labeling of “dolphin safe” tuna, and was scientific advisor to the film, The Cove.
Reiss’ work has been published in numerous international scientific journals and book chapters and has been featured in many television science programs, included Nature, National Geographic, Wild Kingdom, the Today Show and several BBC nature shows. Reiss book, The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives was published in the Fall of 2011.