Maria Maust-Mohl

Associate Professor, Psychology

I have an interdisciplinary background in psychology, conservation biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology. I am a scuba diver and former zookeeper, whose passion for animals has led me to pursue research with different animals in zoos and in the wild.

Education

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

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 153           Roots Psychology: FYS-The Age of Empathy
  • PSYC 314           Statistics and Research Methods II
  • PSYC 330           Special topics: Animal Cognition
  • PSYC 340           Cognition and Learning
  • PSYC 467           Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 435           Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 429/430    Research in Psychology
  • PSYC 475           Internship
  • Research

    My primary research focus is animal behavior and communication, including how animals have adapted to different environments. I am also interested in animal cognition, as well as human perceptions of animals and their ability to think.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Melillo-Sweeting, K., Maust-Mohl, M., & Smukall, M. J. (2021). Examining shark bite scars on dolphins off Bimini, The Bahamas: Comparisons between bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins. Marine Mammal Science, 1– 11. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12840

    Morrison, R., Maust-Mohl, M., & Charlton, K. (2021). Friend, Foe, or Food: What Influences Students’ Attitudes Toward Animals? Anthrozoös, 34(2), 187-200. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2021.1885137

    Maust-Mohl, M. (2021). Studying Marine Mammal Behavior—Who Says Academic Careers Are Dry?. In Career Paths in Human-Animal Interaction for Social and Behavioral Scientists (pp. 44-46). Routledge.

    Ramos, E.A.R., Maust-Mohl, M., Collom, K. A., Brady, B., Gerstein, E. R., Magnasco, M. O., Reiss, D. (2020). The Antillean manatee produces broadband vocalizations with ultrasonic frequencies. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters, EL80-EL86. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0000602

    Maust-Mohl, M., Reiss, D., Reidenberg, J. S. (2019). A comparison of hippopotamus (Artiodactyla) and mysticete (Cetacea) nostrils: An open and shut case. The Anatomical Record, 302(5), 693-702.

    Maust-Mohl, M., Soltis, J., & Reiss, D. (2018). Underwater click train production by the hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) suggests an echo-ranging function. Behaviour, 155(2-3), 231-251.

    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.

     

    Select Conference Papers

    Mendoza-Munoz, A., Wang, X., & Maust-Mohl, M. Attitude-Behavior Inconsistency: An Analysis Towards Protecting Wildlife. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association virtual conference March 5-6, 2021.

    Samanoglu, M., Padedze, L., Combs, P., & Maust-Mohl, M. Brain gains: The effects of exercise on cognition. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association virtual conference June 17, 2020.

    Uy, N., & Maust-Mohl, M. Music and the brain: Differences in the perception of two tuning frequencies. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association virtual conference June 17, 2020.

    Maust-Mohl, M., Ramos, E. A., Collom, K. A., Reiss, D., Magnasco, M. O. Acoustic activity patterns of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize. Speedtalk presented at the World Marine Mammal conference Barcelona, Spain December 9-12, 2019; Barcelona, Spain.

    Melillo-Sweeting, K., Maust-Mohl, M. Examining shark bite scars on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Bimini, The Bahamas. Poster presented at the World Marine Mammal Conference December 9-12, 2019; Barcelona, Spain.

    Kaplan, J. D., Maust-Mohl, M. (2019). Squeak-Thunks: Sequences of Multi-Element Calls Produced by Bottlenose Dolphins While Foraging and Socializing off Bimini, The Bahamas. Poster presented at the World Marine Mammal Conference December 9-12, 2019; Barcelona, Spain.

    Morrison, R., Maust-Mohl, M., & Charlton, K. Friend, Foe, or Food: What Influences Students’ Attitudes Towards Animals? Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention August 10, 2019; Chicago, IL.

    Miller, J., Melillo-Sweeting, K., Maust-Mohl, M. Examining the occurrence of non-fatal shark attacks on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Poster presented at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) April 6, 2019; Riverdale, NY.

    Bradley, A., Ramos, E. A. R., Collom, K. A., & Maust-Mohl, M. Investigating temporal trends in behavior and acoustic activity patterns of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize. Speed talk presented at the Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York in October 27, 2018; New York, NY.

    Collom, K. A., Ramos, E. A. R., Maust-Mohl, M., & Reiss, D. Passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals habitats in Belize. Poster accepted for the Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York October 27, 2018; New York, NY.

    Maust-Mohl, M., Kaplan, J. D., Haber-Sage, S., Melillo-Sweeting, K. Site fidelity and abundance estimates of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) off Bimini, The Bahamas. Poster session at the 21st Biennial Conference on the biology of Marine Mammals. Society for Marine Mammalogy: October 22-27, 2017; Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Swenton, M., Maust-Mohl, M. Factors influencing patients’ medical facility decisions. Poster session at the 45th annual Hunter Psychology Convention at Hunter College April 23, 2017; New York, NY

    Bailey, M., Maust-Mohl, M. Social behavior of Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Poster session at the Eastern Psychological Association conference: March 3-5, 2016; New York, NY.

    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, 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.

     

    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.

     

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Memberships

    • Board member, Human-animal interaction, APA Division 17, Section 13
    • Society for Marine Mammalogy
    • Association for Psychological Science
    • Eastern Psychological Association
    • Animal Behavior Society
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Sigma Xi