I am a research assistant at the Comparative Linguistics Department and the Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the University of Zürich, and an external affiliate of the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. Prior to that I did my doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, and I held a joint affiliation to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. My research aims to improve our understanding of which (and to what extent) language structures can be influenced by factors not traditionally studied by linguists, ranging from cognitive and communicative pressures to environmental constraints and anatomical traits. With this purpose I combine statistical, data science and mathematical methods with data from linguistic typology, anthropology and cognitive sciences.