Professor: Dr. Kathleen M. Dudzinski
Prerequisites: Junior standing, and BIO 101 and 102 and permission of the instructor.
Catalog Description: Leading scientists discuss the natural history, anatomy, physiology, husbandry, behavior and conservation of marine mammals. Current research is emphasized. Not for graduate credit. Special registration and fee are required. Contact Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT 06355 Tel. # 860-572-5955
The goals of this course are:
Grades will be based on the following criteria:
Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Ph.D.
Director, Dolphin Communication Project
Adjunct Faculty, URI, Dept Fisheries, Animal & Veterinary Science
Mystic Aquarium and The Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355
Office: (860) 572-5955 x518
Dr. Kathleen Dudzinski is the Director of the Dolphin Communication Project (DCP), a project funded by Mystic Aquarium and the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut. The DCP is a program that focuses on gathering behavioral data on various populations of wild and captive dolphins. Dr. Dudzinski's research interests are primarily on dolphin behavior and communication. Part of Dr. Dudzinski's time at Mystic Aquarium is dedicated to teaching a seminar on marine mammals for college students from two local universities.
"For the most part this class was what I expected - a smattering of all sorts of marine mammal issues. It was interesting to have a different person lecture each week. It was obvious that lecturers were "experts" in their fields, which meant that we were getting top-of-the-line information. We went in depth on many issues and covered a variety of topics which provided a little something for everyone. One word of advice - know the scientific names of animals!" - Caitlin Vaughn, Senior
"This class taught me everything that I ever wanted to know about marine mammals and more! Although the amount of information learned seemed somewhat overwhelming at times, the wealth of knowledge gained in the many different fields of marine mammal science was well worth the effort. During the class we were required to write two scientific papers and this really helped me work on and develop my writing and research skills." - Lily