I am a behavioral ecologist investigating how the social environment influences cognition. My research integrates across behavioral, physiological, and neuromolecular perspectives.

I'm interested in understanding how an individual's social environment and their own social phenotype (e.g. sex, dominance status) influences how they make decisions in non-social contexts. I have investigated this topic in rodent (M. ochrogaster, M. unguiculatus) and fish (G. affinis, A. burtoni) species that are well known for their dynamic social interactions. Literature on these species have detailed the neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior and decision-making while integrating broad eco-evolutionary frameworks.

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Integrating cognitive ecology & social neuroscience
(Review, Current Opinion in Neurobiology)

A literature analysis conducted in PubMed (pictured below) traced publications over time in each field and in the overlapping integrative areas


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