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Heather HillHeather Hill completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University, College Station with a minor in Oceanography in 1996.  She earned her master’s (2000) and doctoral (2003) degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi under the mentorship of Dr. Stan Kuczaj.  Dr. Hill spent 3 years working as a research assistant at the Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, CA, and then returned to her hometown of San Antonio, TX to teach learning, statistics, research methods, development, cognition, and periodically course about animal behavior and cognition at St. Mary’s University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology.  Dr. Hill spent the first 10 years of her marine mammal career conducting research on the mother-calf relationship and social development of bottlenose dolphins in human care.  She also studied mirror self-recognition and mirror use in dolphins and sea lions.  Most recently, she has been studying the social behavior and cognitive abilities of belugas, killer whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins in human care. 


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Heather Hill
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
St. Mary's University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 748228


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