The Cetacean Studies Institute has three primary areas of activity.
First is Collections.
CSI maintains an extensive archive of materials, from popular press books, to magazine articles, and newspaper clippings, to an exceptional collection of video and digital imagery.
We have many hundreds of scientific papers, government reports, and formerly 'classified' US Navy research reports.
We have photographs, audio recordings of classes, interviews with researchers and activists and artists and therapists and recordings of performances relating to Dolphin mythology.
We have music, paintings, drawings and artifacts.
We have established connections to many other collections, including the astonishing archive of Dr. John Lilly, M.D. housed at Stanford University, who has generously allowed us access to his collections.
The list goes on...
The second area is Research.
CSI has conducted privately funded inter-species communication research, a series of informal surveys of Dolphin-swimmers, and an informal survey of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy. We did a research project with a Psychologist on how our Wellness Program affected the sense of happiness in over 130 adults. A research project for a doctorate seeking to understand the social effects of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy has been completed.
CSI has been doing an extensive research project, for many years, into the historical connection between humanity and cetaceans, uncovering numerous stories in both ancient and contemporary history.
In addition, we have a project that is dear our hearts, which we are seeking funding for. This is a Global Survey of Dolphin-Assisted Therapy, to assemble a definitive database of information of this little-understood therapeutic protocol. (Please see details below.)
The third area is Education.
Over the years, CSI and it's Exec. Director have presented lectures to tens of thousands of people. In almost every forum imaginable, the stories of the Dolphin-Human connection have been shared: Universities, primary through secondary school classes, churches, conferences, symposiums and art festivals. C. Scott Taylor gave the "keynote address" at the 2nd International Symposium on Dolphin-Assisted Therapy and Research in Cancun, Mexico, in 1996, and was invited to deliver a portion of Dr. John Lilly's address to the ICERC Whale and Dolphin Conference in Hervey Bay, Australia, in 1997.
The Executive Director was one of the primary presenters of a series of over 45 workshops, spanning two and half years, called The Dolphin Radiance Experience, in which an electronic system devised to facilitate inter-species communication was used with Humans to explore inner space, the nature of language and altered consciousness.
This system involved a sound-based technology, and offered the participants an opportunity to feel themselves entering a state of mind that was conducive to extraordinary personal insight and to investigate internally the sounds and language of Dolphins and Whales.
In addition, CSI has produced various forms of "Performance Art", with multi-media presentations, including illustrated lectures, live music, sound and lighting effects.
CSI continues to develop various forms of educational materials, and continues to offer courses in Cetacean Studies.
The Cetacean Studies Institute has developed many policies concerning Human-Cetacean interaction. Among them is the determination to support fundamental changes in attitudes and actions toward the People of the Sea.
In accordance with this, CSI has contributed to an initiative to gain protection for Cetaceans in all parts of the world.