Meet the Instructors


Mark Todd

instructor Bio

Mark has been working professionally with whales, dolphins and sea lions since 1988. Hired by the US Navy as a civilian contractor, Mark has trained many open water behaviors for the navy programs as well as numerous research projects. Concentrating on medical and research training, Mark has been a trainer and research associate on numerous research projects dealing with dolphin medical imaging, sleep and vigilance, dolphin and whale diving physiology, vocalization and echolocation, bio-energetics, neurophysiology and anesthesia, and sea lion diving and hearing.

Mark continues to work full time with the US Navy and is the owner of Animal Training Consultants. He has worked as a consultant for several animal facilities around the world including Mystic Aquarium, USA; Shimonoseki Aquarium, Japan; Ocean Park, Hong Kong; Beijing Aquarium, China; and Sea World, San Diego, USA.

Some recent publications co-authored by Mark include:

Spontaneous human speech mimicry by a cetacean. Sam Ridgway, Donald Carder, Michelle Jeffries, Mark Todd. Current Biology - 23 October 2012 (Vol. 22, Issue 20, pp. R860-R861).

Vocal reporting of echolocation targets: dolphins often report before click trains end. Ridgway, S. H, W. R. Elsberry, D. J. Blackwood, T. Kamolnick, M. Todd, D. A. Carder, Monica Chaplin, T.W. Cranford. J. Acoustical Society of America. 2012. Vol 131, Issue 2.

Dolphins Maintain Cognitive Performance During 72 to 120 Hours of Continuous Vigilance. Sam Ridgway, Don Carder, James Finneran, Mandy Keogh, Tricia Kamolnick, Mark Todd, Allen Goldblatt. Journal of Experimental Biology (No. 212 (Pt 10):1519-27).

Dolphin Continuous Auditory Vigilance for Five Days. Sam Ridgway, Don Carder, James Finneran, Mandy Keogh, Tricia Kamolnick, Mark Todd, Allen Goldblatt. Journal of Experimental Biology, (No. 209 3621-3628).