Maria Maust-Mohl

Maria Maust-Mohl

Assistant Professor

Department : Psychology

Email : maria.maustmohl@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7970

Office : DLS 445

Education

PHD, CUNY: The Graduate Center
MA, Columbia University
BS, University of Arizona

About

I have an interdisciplinary background in psychology, conservation biology and ecology and evolutionary biology. My research focuses on the behavior and communication of animals such as hippos, dolphins, and giraffe, with a particular interest in how animals adapt to different environments. I am a scuba diver and former zookeeper, whose passion for animals has led me to pursue research with different animals in zoos as well as animals in the wild.

Research

My research focuses on animal behavior and communication, particularly the adaptations of animals to different environments. I am also interested in animal cognition, as well as human perceptions of animals and their behavior.

Professional Experience

Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Society for Marine Mammalogy
  • Sigma Xi

Publications & Professional Activities

Maust-Mohl, M., Soltis, J., & Reiss, D. (2015). Acoustic and behavioral repertoires of the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(2), 545-554.

Maust-Mohl, M., Fraser, J., & Morrison, R. (2012). Wild Minds: What people think about animal thinking. Anthrozoos: A multidisciplinary journal of the interactions of people and animals, 25(2), 133-147.

Maust, M., Clum, N., & Sheppard, C. (2007). Ontogeny of chick behavior: A tool for monitoring the growth and development of lesser adjutant storks. Zoo Biology, 26(6), 533-538.

 

Conference Papers

Maust-Mohl, M., Reidenberg, J. S., Reiss, D. A comparison of hippopotamus and cetacean nostrils: An open and shut case. Poster session at the 20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Society for Marine Mammalogy; December 13-17, 2015; San Francsico, CA.

Maust-Mohl, M., O'Brien, M., Moore, B., McCann, C. Ontogeny of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) calf behavior. Poster session at the 27th annual Association for Psychological Science conference at the Marriott Marquis, May 21-25, 2015; New York, NY.

O’Brien, M., Maust-Mohl, M., McCann, C., Moore, B. Observations of female giraffe calf development. Poster session at the 43rd annual Hunter Psychology Convention at Hunter College April 26, 2015; New York, NY.

Maust-Mohl, M., Magnasco, M., Tchernichovski, O., Hunter, S., & Reiss, D. Whistle-squawks by bottlenose dolphins: a biphonation conveying identity and emotion? Contributed talk presented at the 51st annual conference at Princeton University, July – August 2014; Princeton, NJ.

Morrison, R., Maust-Mohl, M., Fraser, J. Wild minds: What people think about animal thinking. Poster session presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Zoo Animal Welfare, June 5-6th, 2013; Chicago, IL.

Maust-Mohl, M., Soltis, J., Reiss, D. Echo-ranging by the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Poster session at the CUNY Animal Behavior Institute workshop, March 31st, 2012; New York, NY.

Maust-Mohl, M., Hunter, S., Spence, H., Tchernichovski, O., Turner, M., Reiss, D. Whistle-squawks by bottlenose dolphins: A composite signal conveying identity and emotion? Poster session at the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Society for Marine Mammalogy; November 27th-December 2nd, 2011, Tampa, FL.

Maust-Mohl, M., Soltis, J., Reiss, D. Potential use of rudimentary echolocation by the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius). Contributed talk presented at the 48th annual conference for the Animal Behavior Society: July 25-30th, 2011; Bloomington, IN.

Maust-Mohl, M., Soltis, J., Reiss, D. Eavesdropping on the hippopotamus: acoustic and behavioral repertoires. Contributed talk presented at the 47th annual conference for the Animal Behavior Society: July 26-30th, 2010; Williamsburg, VA.

Reiss, D., Castellote, M., Crowell, S. E., Thomas, J. A., Szczepaniak, I., Psihoyos, L., Hambleton, C., Bruck, J., Kaplan, J. D., Maust-Mohl, M. Further evidence in support of the distress whistle hypothesis in dolphins. Poster session at the 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Society for Marine Mammalogy; October 12-16th, 2009; Quebec City, Quebec.

 

Other published materials

Fraser, J., Maust-Mohl, M., Morrison, R., Reiss, D., Knight, S., Ardalan, N., & Weiss, M. (2013). A proposed transdisciplinary framework to align comparative psychology and social science research on animal minds. NewKnowledge Report #NSF2.61.62.06. New York: New Knowledge Organization Ltd.

Klema, C., Raxworthy, C., Maust, M., Bennet, C. E. Biodiversity inventories and collections: An overview of theoretical and technical issues. 2009 version. Synthesis, Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/biodiversity/ncep.

Klema, C., Raxworthy, C., Maust, M. Biodiversity inventories and collections: An overview of theoretical and technical issues. 2009 version. Presentation, Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/biodiversity/ncep

Klema, C., Raxworthy, C., Maust, M. Biodiversity inventories and collections: An overview of theoretical and technical issues. 2009 version. Presentation notes and discussion questions, Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/biodiversity/ncep

Harrison, I. J., Klema, C., Maust, M., Raxworthy, C. Planning a biodiversity survey. 2009 version. Exercise, Network for Conservation Educators and Practitioners, American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/biodiversity/ncep.

Courses Taught/Teaching

  • PSYC 153      Roots Psychology: FYS
  • PSYC 203      Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 205      Statistics
  • PSYC 315      Research Methods
  • PSYC 340      Cognition and Learning
  • PSYC 367      Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 430      Research in Psychology
  • PSYC 435      Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 475      Internship