Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
I am fascinated by systems in which local rules generate emergent patterns at a much larger scale. I recently completed my PhD in the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology at Princeton University, where I used fish schools and baboon troops as model systems for understanding the dynamics of leadership and collective decision-making within animal groups. I am particularly interested in how information propagates through groups, and the processes by which they come to consensus about when and where to move. I combine lab and field studies with mathematical modeling to address these questions.