December 13, 2018  

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Professor’s Marine Mammal Research Video Earns Award

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Dr. Stan Kuczaj, director of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, recently earned second place for a collaborative video based in part on his research of dolphin behavior in The Ocean 180 Video Challenge.

Dr. Kuczaj, along with Holli Eskelinen of Dolphins Plus, produced “The Creative Dolphin: What Dolphins Do When Asked to Vary Their Behavior.” View the video at this link:

The Ocean 180 Video Challenge encourages ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with teachers, students, and the public in a short video that summarizes the important findings and highlights the relevance, meaning, and implications of the research to persons outside their discipline.

The videos were initially judged by a panel of scientists and communication experts, but the final winners were selected by a diverse group of potential-future ocean scientists – 37,387 6th-8th grade students in more than 1,600 classrooms from 17 countries. The student judges spent six weeks critiquing and evaluating this year's finalists and selecting their favorites based on the videos' creativity and educational value.

The Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory is housed in the USM College of Education and Psychology’s Department of Psychology. For more information on Kuczaj’s research, visit or for the laboratory, visit