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Conference Presentations

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Hecksher, J., & Donegan, K. (2015, September).   How do you fight the claim that dolphins are “forced to work all day”?...With data! Poster presented at the 2015 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, New Providence Island, Bahamas. 

Jaakkola, K., & Stafford, G. (2015, September).  Inappropriate handling of data, invalid comparisons, and unsupported conclusions:  Comments on “Captive killer whale (Orcinus orca) survival” by Jett and Ventre (2015). Special presentation at the 2015 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, New Providence Island, Bahamas. 

Jaakkola, K. (2015, October).   Understanding the role of marine mammal facilities in today’s conservation landscape:  Answering the activists’ claims. Paper presented at the 2015 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, New Providence Island, Bahamas. Awarded Second Place in Education and Conservation

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Keaton, L., Erb, L., & King, S. L. (2015, August). Hey Baby: Signature whistle use facilitates calf retrieval in a female bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. Paper presented at Behavior 2015, Cairns, Australia.

Jaakkola, K., Keaton, L., Erb, L., Guarino, E., & King, S. L. (2015, April). Getting the baby:  How a dolphin mother calls her wandering calf. Paper presented at the 2015 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne Beach, FL.

Guarino, E., Jaakkola, K., Rodriguez, M., Erb, L., & Hecksher, J. (2014, September).  Quizzing the minds in the water:  Training a game to learn about dolphin cognition.  Poster presented at the 2014 joint meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Orlando, FL.  Awarded Second Place in Poster Presentations.

Jaakkola, K., Keaton, L., Erb, L., & Guarino, E.  (2014, September). Go get the baby:  A dolphin’s use of signature whistles to retrieve her wandering calf. Paper presented at the 2014 joint meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Orlando, FL.

Guarino, E., Hecksher, J., Rodriguez, M., Jaakkola, K., & Erb, L. (2013, September).  Exploring the minds in the water:  Highlighting dolphin intelligence as an interactive program.  Poster presented at the 2013 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Las Vegas, NV. Awarded First Place in Poster Presentations

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., & Hecksher, J. (2011, November/December). Multiple perceptual routes to imitation in a bottlenose dolphin. Poster presented at the Nineteenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, FL.

Rodriguez, K. J., Erb, L. S., Clough, P., Guarino, E., Jaakkola, K., & Renner, M. (2011, September). It took a village to raise this child! The story of Gypsi, a little dolphin with a big eating disorder. Paper presented at the 2011 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Miami, FL.

Skjegstad, J., Lang, D., Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., Hecksher, J., & Erb, L. (2011, September). What's a DESY? And does Lucy know he's playing with dolphins? Enrichment as entertainment: For dolphins and guests. Paper presented at the 2011 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Miami, FL. Awarded First Place in Behavioral Training

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., & Hecksher, J. (2011, July). Flexible strategies for blindfolded imitation in a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. Paper presented at Behavior 2011: The joint meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and the International Ethological Conference, Bloomington, IN

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2011, March). Exploring blindfolded imitation in a bottlenose dolphin. Invited paper at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2010, December). I can do that blindfolded: A dolphin's use of sound cues to imitate motor behaviors. Paper presented at the 2010 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Boston, MA. Awarded First Place in Research Advancements

Rodriguez, M., Guarino, E., Erb, L., & Jaakkola, K. (2010, December). Studying the minds in the water: Practical tips for conducting cognitive research with marine mammals. Paper presented at the 2010 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Boston, MA.

Guarino, E., Jaakkola, K., & Rodriguez, M. (2010, March). Blindfolded imitation in a bottlenose dolphin. Poster presented at the 2010 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne Beach, FL.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., Rodriguez, M., & Erb, L. (2010, March). The voodoo bucket: Dolphins' consistent but unexplained response pattern in a spatial cognition task. Paper presented at the 2010 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne Beach, FL.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2009, November). Do what you hear: A dolphin's use of sound cues to imitate motor behaviors. Paper presented at the 2009 Fall Meeting of the Comparative Cognition Society, Boston, MA.

Jaakkola, K., Guarino, E., & Rodriguez, M. (2008, March). A mouse in the hand: What dolphins still don't know about hidden objects. Paper presented at the 2008 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne Beach, FL.

Jaakkola, K. (2007, July). What do dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) understand about hidden objects? Paper presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Burlington, VT.

Jaakkola, K. (2006, March). Can dolphins learn the shell game? A test of physical reasoning in a marine mammal. Paper presented at the 2006 International Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne Beach, FL.

Jaakkola, K. (2005, November). A Baby's Breath: What Respiration Rates can tell us about Newborn Bottlenose Dolphins. Paper presented at the 2005 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Duck Key, Florida.

Jaakkola, R., Fellner, W., Erb, L., & Rodriguez, A. M. (2003, December). Double-checking the answers: A bottlenose dolphin's metacognitive response in a test of "Less". Paper presented at the Fifteenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Greensboro, NC.

Jaakkola, R. (2002, March). What dolphins can tell us about the evolution of language. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on the Evolution of Language, Cambridge, MA.

Erb, L., Fellner, W., Rodriguez, M., Sugarman, P., & Jaakkola, R. (2001, October). Conducting “numbers” research training at the Dolphin Research Center. Paper presented at the 2001 meeting of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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