I am an evolutionary biology interested in social behavior – particularly in how signaling systems evolve when there are evolutionary conflicts of interest between signalers and receivers. Using parent-offspring signaling in birds (begging) as a framework, I investigate how ecology and life history traits affect communication both across and within species. I'm currently working with Hans Hofmann and Mark Kirkpatrick at UT Austin.
In my past scientific lives, I was a Junior Fellow with the Simons Foundation, with Dustin Rubenstein at Columbia University doing experimental fieldwork with superb starlings. I did my DPhil with Ashleigh Griffin and Stu West, in the social evolution group in the Department of Zoology at Oxford (2013-17). I also studied chimpanzee social behaviour at Harvard University and capuchin monkeys at Susan Perry’s field site (Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica).
I am currently a Stengl-Wyer Scholar at UT Austin.