Discoveries by the Dolphin Alliance Project have been published in the top scientific journals, including NatureThe Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesThe Proceedings B of the Royal Society of London, Current Biology and Biology Letters. We have been invited to speak about our dolphin alliance research at conferences and universities in the US, Australia, England, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Canada and to audiences in diverse academic fields including Biology, Psychology, Anthropology and even Political Science! Our work has been featured on prominent television documentaries including NOVA and The National Geographic Society, in print (e.g. The New York Times) and online (Science online). 

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Bottlenose Dolphins Retain Individual Vocal Labels in Multi-level Alliances

Cooperation between allied individuals and groups is ubiquitous in human societies, and vocal communication is known to play a key role in facilitating such complex human behaviors..

  • Individual vocal labels play a central role in the maintenance of nested alliances
  • Male dolphins in nested alliances retain vocal labels distinct from their allies
  • Motor synchrony and not vocal convergence is used to indicate social proximity

As published in Current Biology

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Male alliance behaviour and mating access varies with habitat in a dolphin social network

  • The size of alliances and rate males are found consorting females increases from south to north along the peninsula
  • This unprecedented variation within a society will allow the Dolphin Decade scientists discover the ecological factors that make the Shark Bay dolphin society the most complex in the world

As published in Scientific Reports 


A novel mammalian social structure in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.): complex male alliances in an open social network

  • Unlike any other non-human mammal, the Shark Bay dolphins live in a society with no boundaries
  • Scientists now ponder how living in such an 'open social network' impacts the dolphins' social intelligence

As published in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences