StMU Faculty Heather Hill
Departments
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Courses
  • General Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Experimental
  • Learning
  • Developmental
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Advanced Statistics (graduate)
  • Research Methods (graduate)
Publications

Hill, H., & Campbell, C. (in press). Allocare depends on social composition for belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in human care. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Hill, H., Artz, S., & Lopez, M. (2014). Sex, Love, or War? A representation of 20 years of research on the social interactions of animals International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 50-68.

Hill, H., & Ramirez, D. (2014). Adults play but not like their young: the frequency and types of play by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in human care. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 1(2), 166-185. doi: 10.12966/abc.05.07.2014

Yeater, D., Hill, H., Baus, N., Farnell, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Visual laterality in belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) when viewing familiar and unfamiliar humans. Animal Cognition, online.doi: 10.1007/s10071-014-0756-x.

Hill, H., Campbell, C., Dalton, L., & Osborn, S. (2013). The first year of behavioral development and maternal care of beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) calves in human care. Zoo Biology, 32, 565–570.

Hill, H., Kahn, M., Brilliot, L., Roberts, B, Gutierrez, C., & Artz, S. (2011). Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) bubble bursts: Surprise, protection, or play? International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 24, 35-37.

Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2010). The development of language. In A. Slater & J.G. Bremner (Eds.), An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Hill, H. M., & Lackups, M. (2010). What and where do marine mammal researchers publish? A review of journal publications regarding cetaceans since 1950. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 414-534.

Hill, H. (2009). The behavioral development of two beluga calves during the first year of life. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 22, 234-253.

Hill, H. M., Carder, D., & Ridgway, S. (2008). Vigilance in female bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops spp) before and after calving. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 21, 35-57.

Hill, H. M., Greer, T., Solangi, M., Kuczaj, S. A. II. (2007). Evidence for maternal styles in captive bottlenose dolphins. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 20, 34-53.

Kuczaj, S. A. II., & Hill, H. (2005). Maternal behavior. In M. Bekoff (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Kuczaj, S. A. II., Tranel, K , Trone, M., & Hill, H. (2001). Are animals capable of deception or empathy? Implications for animal consciousness and welfare. Animal Welfare, 10, S161-S173.

Papers

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Hill, H. (2009). The behavioral development of two beluga calves during the first year of life.
International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 22, 234-253.

Hill, H., Artz, S., & Lopez, M. (2014). Sex, Love, or War? A representation of 20 years of research
on the social interactions of animals. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 50-68.
Hill, H., & Campbell, C. (2014). Allocare depends on social composition for belugas (Delphinapterus
leucas) in human care. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 501-514.

Hill, H., Campbell, C., Dalton, L., & Osborn, S. (2013). The first year of behavioral development and maternal care of beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) calves in human care. Zoo Biology, 32, 565–570.

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Yeater, D., McKinnon, M., Miller, M., Aibel, S, & Dove, A. (2015).

Developing an ethogram of sexual and socio-sexual behaviors of beluga whales in the care of humans. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 2, 105-123. TC# 2014-02-T
Hill, H., Guarino, S., Crandall, S., Lenhart, E., & Dietrich, S. (2015). Young belugas diversify adult
beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) behavior. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 2, 267-284. doi:
10.12966/abc.08.06.2015

Hill, H., Guarino, S., Dietrich, S., & St Leger, J. A. (2016). The science of killer whales:
An inventory of peer-reviewed journal articles. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 3(3), 135-149.

Hill, H., Kahn, M., Brilliot, L., Roberts, B, Gutierrez, C., & Artz, S. (2011). Beluga (Delphinapterus
leucas
) bubble bursts: Surprise, protection, or play? International Journal of Comparative
Psychology
, 24, 235-243.

Hill, H. M., &Lackups, M. (2010). What and where do marine mammal researchers publish? A
review of journal publications regarding cetaceans since 1950. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 23, 414-534.

Hill, H., & Ramirez, D. (2014). Adults play but not like their young: the frequency and types of
play by belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) in human care. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 1(2), 166-185. doi: 10.12966/abc.05.07.2014

Hill, H., Webber, K., Kemery, A., Posey, B., Garcia, M., & Kuczaj, S. (2015). A preliminary
investigation of sea lions’ (Zalophus californianus) understanding of mirrors to locate an object. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 28, 1-12.

Yeater, D., Hill, H., Baus, N., Farnell, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Visual laterality in belugas
(Delphinapterus leucas) and Pacific white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) when viewing familiar and unfamiliar humans. Animal Cognition,17, 1245-1259. doi: 10.1007/s10071-014-0756-x.

Presentations

Castaneda, Y., Hill, H., & Dietrich, S. (2014). Applying the theory of attachment to describe beluga
mother-calf bonds: secure base and safe haven (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Cavazos, M., Hill, H., Kuczaj, S., Yeater, D., & Gallup, S. (2014). Do Pacific white-sided dolphins
pay attention to specific classes of humans? (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Guarino, S., Davila, C., Pasko, K., & Hill, H. (2014). What do we ACTUALLY know about killer
whales? A review of the peer-reviewed literature. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Guarino, S., & Hill, H. (2015). To see or not to see beluga behaviors involving adults and calves.
Comparing focal follows vs scan samples. Poster presented at the Animal Behavior Society (ABS),
Anchorage, SK, Jun 4-9.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Sigman, J. (2014). Developmental changes in activity levels for a killer whale
calf and her mother across three years of life. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Sigman, J. (2015). The development of sociality and play in an Orca calf.
Poster presented at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3), Melbourne, FL, Apr 16-18.

Guarino, S., Olague, S., Solis, C., & Hill, H. (2014). Emergence of independence in a killer whale calf
during first two years. (SCPA) Paper presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Guarino, S., Hill, H., & Polasek, L. (2015). Do Wild belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) socialize and
play differently than captive belugas?. Poster presented at the 21st Biennial conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Francisco, CA, Dec 14-18.

Hill, H., Dietrich, S., Finn, R., Garza, S., Lacy, K., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). The role of contact in beluga
(Delphinapterus leucas) mother-calf bonds during the first two years of life. Poster presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Princeton, NJ, Aug 4-8.

Hill, H., Guarino, S., Crandall, S., Lenhart, E., Dietrich, S. (2015). Young belugas enrich adult beluga
(Delphinapterus leucas) behavioral repertoires when grouped together. Paper presented at the Animal
Behavior Society Meeting (ABS), Anchorage, AK, Jun 4-9.

Hill, H., Webber, K., Kemery, A., Posey, B., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Sea lions use mirrors to detect
objects. Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), Melbourne Beach, FL,
Mar 26-29.

Hill, H., Yeater, D. & Kuczaj, S. (2014). The role of laterality in the visual discrimination of humans
by cetaceans. (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San
Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Leighton, A., Coronado, J., Garcia, K., Gonzales, C., & Hill, H. (2014). What does a killer whale
calf do when away from her mother? Poster presented at the Southwestern Psychological
Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Lopez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). How do beluga calves rest during the first year of life? (SWPA).
Poster presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

McKinney, A., & Hill, H. (2014). Synchrony in beluga mother-calf activities during the first year of life (SCPA). Paper presented at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

McKinnon, M., Dietrich, S., Hill, H. & Aibel, S. (2014). The development & topography of
beluga sexual and agonistic interactions. Paper presented at the Comparative Cognition Society (CCS) annual conference, Melbourne, FL, Mar 26-29.

Miller, M., & Hill, H. (2015). Tactile contact during socio-sexual interactions in beluga whales. Poster
presented at the Animal Behaviour Society annual conference, Anchorage, AK, Jun 4-9.

Nyser, M., Weiman, M., Miles, K., Mangi, K., Dunlea, L., Yeater, D., Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2015).
Do belugas form expectations that can be violated when looking at novel humans or objects? Poster presented at the International Conference on Comparative Cognition (CO3), Melbourne, FL, Apr 16-18.

Poelma, B., Miller, M., Gallup, S., Yeater, D., Kuczaj, S., & Hill, H. (2014). The roles of familiarity
and activity on dolphins viewing humans (SCPA). Symposium, chaired by H. Hill at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Ramirez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). Learning to play. What belugas do. Paper presented at the
Comparative Cognition Society (CCS), Melbourne Beach, FL, Mar 26-29.

Ramirez, D., & Hill, H. (2014). Beluga Play: how do age and sex influence it? (SCPA). Paper
presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, April 7-9.

Reyes, L., Dietrich, S., Cox, R., Yeater, D., Miller, M., & Hill, H. (2015). Juvenile beluga displays of socio-sexual behaviors: A matter of practice. Poster presented at the 21st Biennial conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, San Francisco, CA, Dec 14-18.

Yeater, D., Krul, M., Stone, A., Gaylor, C., Hill, H., & Kuczaj, S. (2014). Do belugas form
expectations that can be violated when viewing novel humans? (SCPA). Paper presented at Symposium chaired by H. Hill at Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), San Antonio, Apr 7-9.

Academic Honors and Awards

2016 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2016 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2016 – Psi Chi Summer Research Grant, E. Lenhart
2015 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2015 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2015 – Psi Chi Summer Research Grant, S. Guarino
2014 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2013 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2013 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2012 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2011 – Distinguished Faculty Award, Humanities and Social Sciences – St. Mary’s University

Awards prior to tenure:
2010 – Alumni Association Award – St Mary’s University
2010 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University
2010 – Summer Research Fellowship Program – St. Mary’s University
2010 – Invited Speaker for Dean’s List Honors Ceremony – St. Mary’s University
2008 – Alumni Association Award – St Mary’s University
2008 – Faculty Development Grant – St. Mary’s University