Marine Mammal Cognition
BS, Long Island University, Southampton College
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Kristy Biolsi is a Professor, and Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. Francis College. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the Association for the Study of Ethical Behavior and Evolutionary Biology in Literature (ASEBL), serves as a co-editor for the journal Aquatic Mammals, and is a co-founder of the Evolutionary Studies Collaborative. She received her B.S. in Psychobiology from Long Island University, Southampton College in 2001 and in 2007 she received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Her research focus was on marine mammal cognition and while at Long Marine Lab she worked specifically with the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab (PCSL). Her current research interests are in comparative cognition, focusing on marine mammals, and she has two main lines of scientific inquiry; laboratory work that is conducted at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead NY investigating category learning with two trained, California sea lions and field work which consists of data collection from surveys and naturalistic observations of the local wild grey and harbor seal population. She is the co-founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology and Cognition (C-SPEC).