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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Annual Holiday Luncheon Program

Gil Rosas, Santa Barbara’s Iconic Pianist
Montecito Union school chorus
Speaker: Lori Marino, Ph.D.
Topic: Dolphins and Whales: Brainiacs of the Sea

Check in 11:00am
Lunch served at 11:30am

San Rafael Room
Due to construction at the hotel, it would be more convenient
to enter through the Grand Foyer Lobby entrance from the hotel
parking lot.

Details & Reservation Information

Note for prospective members: The $50.00 initiation fee
will be waived for new CCC/CFR members until Dec. 31, 2017.

Lori MarinoDr. Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence who was on the faculty of Emory University for twenty years.  Lori is currently president and co-founder of The Whale Sanctuary Project (, whose mission is to create the first seaside sanctuaries for orcas (killer whales) and beluga whales in North America.  She is also founder and executive director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy (, a science-based non-profit organization focused on bringing academic scholarship to animal protection efforts.

Dr. Marino is internationally known for her research on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales (as well as in primates and farmed animals).  In 2001 she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins. She has pioneered magnetic-resonance imaging studies of dolphin and whale brains. And in 2015 she co-authored a paper presenting the first evidence for a previously undiscovered auditory region in the dolphin brain.

Dr. Marino has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in other animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, the evolution of intelligence, as well as marine mammal captivity issues, such as the validity of dolphin assisted therapy and the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry.