Author(s): Janet Mann
We know whales, dolphins, and porpoises are the smartest creatures in the sea, we read of their tool use, their self-recognition, their complex songs, and their intricate societies and ability to relate to humans, but, how do we know? And what is the extent of our knowledge of the apparent intelligence of these creatures? Deep Thinkers brings together the top researchers in this field to explain with text and images their findings to all those interested, no prior knowledge required. Thisbook examines cetacean brains, study in the field and in captivity, it compares intelligence markers of cetaceans with birds, bats, and primates, and asks how we define intelligence in non-humans.
Janet Mann is Professor of Biology and Psychology at Georgetown University. Her work focuses on social networks, life history, conservation, tool use, social learning, and culture among the bottlenose dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia. This is the longest running, leading study of dolphins today. Mann has published over 80 scientific papers in major journals, and a multi-award-winning book Cetacean Societies (UCP, 2000). Mann's work has garnered considerable media attention, including the BBC documentary The Dolphins of Shark Bay (2011). Mann frequently interviews with the New York Times, National Geographic, public television stations, and on National Public Radio. Mann is also the recipient of two mentoring awards in recognition of her deep commitment to undergraduate education.