Fourth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference













Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel  

Carl Safina, professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at the University’s School of Journalism, and founder of The Safina Center.

Can we ever really know what animals think and feel—or even if they do? Many scientists say the question can’t be addressed. Carl Safina, who is a scientist, says yes, it can. And he addresses it. Based on his best-selling book of the same title, Safina will show that animals think and feel a lot like people do—because after all, people are animalsHe’ll show that their lives and their minds aren’t really too different from ours. They know who their friends are. They know who their enemies are. They have ambitions for status, and their lives follow the arc of a career. Relationships define them, as relationships define us.

Carl Safina’s writing about the living world has won a MacArthur “genius” prize, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He earned a PhD in ecology from Rutgers. Safina is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series Saving the Ocean. His writing appears in The New York Times, TIME, Audubon, and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post,, and elsewhere. He is author of the classic book, Song for the Blue Ocean. Carl’s seventh book is Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. Email: