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 influences how they make decisions. I have researched this topic in rodent (M. ochrogaster, A. cahirinus) and fish (G. affinis, A. burtoni, B. splendens) species that are well known for their dynamic social interactions. My work builds on the foundational literature of social neuroendocrinology by incorporating cognitive and eco-evolutionary frameworks.
Joining the Biology Department at Amherst College (Jan 2024)
I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be joining the wonderful faculty in the Biology Department at Amherst College! Special thanks to @AubreyMKelly for being such a supportive postdoc mentor, you've really been in my corner this academic job cycle! pic.twitter.com/uqfon7cDKZ— Kelly Wallace (@KJeanWallace) December 13, 2022
A new publication to announce a new chapter in my research: Betta splendens! This study began as Solanch Dupeyron’s undergraduate thesis at Emory, and I’m so proud that her work became part of the #mdpifishes Special Issue on Cognitive Variation in Fishes. https://t.co/lffQznKfvj— Kelly Wallace (@KJeanWallace) July 25, 2023
Our speakers for tomorrow's Social Competency Symposium @AnimBehSociety #ABS2022! @mebenitez85 @E_Tibbetts @vanferdi @ljnbrent @CECarmin @EstienCesar @Francis11Xavier @AdriMaldoC @natural_habits @SPrasher1 @AlexGRosati @ShizukaLab @gsvidaurre @AnnemarieMarel @KJeanWallace pic.twitter.com/JmDjaZrDit— Dr. Elizabeth Hobson (@Eliz_Hobson) July 22, 2022
Our 1st publication comparing the large group-living spiny mouse and small group-living Mongolian gerbil is now out in @iScience_CP! Social reward circuitry differentially responds to same-sex stranger interactions @jagonzal28 @BrandonFricker @KJeanWallace https://t.co/lSjEjYE9MI pic.twitter.com/XpyNopFfz7— Dr. Aubrey Kelly (@AubreyMKelly) May 9, 2022
Did you know that the “pecking order" turns 100 this year? @jalapic, @ShizukaLab, @Eliz_Hobson, I, and many excellent contributing authors reflect on dominance hierarchy research over the last century and into the next in a @RSocPublishing theme issue. https://t.co/hfjKfeDabq— Eli Strauss (@_straussed) January 10, 2022
Congratulations to the postdoctoral winners of our poster competition, Alexis Ceasrine, Arjen Boender, and Kelly Wallace! The next generation of researchers is looking strong!#SBN2021 @BoenderAJ @aceasrine @KJeanWallace— SBN Tweets (@SBNTweets) July 2, 2021
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