Maria Maust-Mohl

Assistant Professor

Psychology

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.

Education

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

Courses Taught

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Publications and Scholarly 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.