Joshua Plotnik, Ph.D. - President and Executive Director

Josh founded TEI in 2011 with an initial meeting with a NYC middle school principal, a friend of his since childhood. Currently, Josh is assistant professor of psychology at Hunter College, and teaches in the animal behavior and conservation program. He has published his elephant intelligence research in some of science’s top peer-reviewed journals, and has had his work covered by more than 300 media outlets since 2006. He has an MA and a PhD from Emory University, a BS from Cornell University, and a certificate in elephant appreciation, conferred by one ornery young bull elephant who taught Josh that humility is a requirement when working with one of the world’s most remarkable species. Josh serves as both President of the Board and Executive Director of TEI, and oversees all administration, staff and programs.

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