Dr. Denise L. Herzing is the founder and Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project. Dr. Herzing received her B.S. in Marine Zoology from Oregon State University in 1979; her M.A. in Behavioral Biology from San Francisco State University in 1988; and her Ph.D. in Behavioral Biology and Environmental Studies from the Union Institute Graduate School in 1993. She began her unprecedented, long-term study of Atlantic spotted dolphins in 1985, and is the founder of The Wild Dolphin Project. Dr. Herzing is the author of numerous articles and papers and is currently a Research Faculty member of Biological and Psychological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. Most recently Dr. Herzing has been recognized by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation as a 2008 Fellow.