University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Psychology

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Louis Herman, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, 1972
Office Location: Sakamaki C400
Phone Number: 956-8414
Fax Number: 956-4700


Dr. Herman is well known for his dedication to education, research and conservation on matters involving dolphins and whales. Publications from his studies of cognition, communication, and sensory process of bottlenose dolphins are well known and he has carried out long-term studies of dolphins resident at facilities he has administered. His studies of humpback whales that migrate to Hawai‘i each winter for reproductive goals , carried out over 17 years, have promoted a better understanding of behavior, social dynamics, migration, and communication in this species. Dr. Herman has published over 100 scientific articles and reports on dolphins and whales. A sampling of some recent titles include: (a) The dolphins grammatical competency: Comments on Kako (1998).  Animal Learning & Behavior; 1998; (b) Seeing through sound: Dolphins perceive the spatial structure of objects through echolocation. Journal of Comparative Psychology (1998); (c) Memory for recent actions in the bottlenosed dolphin (Tursiops truncatus): Repetition of arbitrary behaviors using an abstract rule. Animal Learning & Behavior (1998); (d). Male humpback whale dies in competitive group in Hawai‘i. Marine Mammal Science (1998); (e) Sex differences in site fidelity and migration of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to the Hawaiian Islands. Canadian Journal of Zoology (1997); (f) The bufeo (Inia geoffrensis) in the Rio Largarto Cocha of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Marine Mammal Science (1996); (g) Fastest documented migration of a North Pacific humpback whale. Marine Mammal Science (1996); (h) Sensory integration in the bottlenosed dolphin: Immediate recognition of complex shapes across the senses of echolocation and vision. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (1995); (i) Perception and generalization of frequency contours by a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of Comparative Psychology (1995); (j) Spatial distribution, habitat utilization, and social interactions of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, off Hawai‘i, determined using acoustic and visual techniques. Canadian Journal of Zoology (1995). Dr. Herman is interested in graduate students who are intelligent and creative and who have mature, scholarly interests in dolphins and whales. Students must be able to work effectively as a member of a team. Graduate students in Dr. Herman’s programs have come from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, including experimental psychology, biology, linguistics, and computer science.


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