Kristy Biolsi


Department Chairperson

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BS, Long Island University,Southampton College
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

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Dr. Kristy Biolsi (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Francis College. She is Director of the Center for the Study of Pinniped Ecology and Cognition (C-SPEC) at St. Francis.

Dr. Biolsi received her B.S. in Psychobiology from Long Island University, Southampton College in 2001 where she focused her senior thesis on animal behavior. In 2007 she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Though enrolled in the Cognitive Psychology program, Dr. Biolsi's research was conducted through the Institute of Marine Sciences at Long Marine Laboratory at 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). She conducted research on various problem solving tasks with a sea lion subject and assisted with various studies on vocal learning and auditory processing in sea lions, seals, and walruses.

Dr. Biolsi has continued her research with the PCSL and is currently a Research Associate with the Institute of Marine Sciences at Long Marine Lab. Her research interests are in comparative cognition, focusing on marine mammals, and in particular investigations of concept formation, categorization, and perception. She currently has an association with Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead NY where she is expanding upon her previous research findings with seals and sea lions.

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