ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems
Santa Fe Institute & Arizona State University
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|Summary of research interests & projects
I am a biologist who specializes in animal behavior and behavioral ecology. In my work, I seek to understand how and why individuals interact, what individuals know about their group's social structure, how they might use this information to make decisions about how to interact socially with others, and how these abilities evolved.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, where I am studying the evolution of animal sociality. My goal is to use rigorous comparative methods and an evolutionary perspective to discover ways in which the extreme sociality of some species emerged, through investigating what individuals understand about their social worlds and the strategies individuals use to balance the costs and benefits of social living. Read more about my research here.
- I will be presenting a talk called "The hidden structure of dominance hierarchies" (co-authored with Simon DeDeo and Dan Monster) at the Animal Behavior Society meeting in Toronto in June.
Recent news & updates
- My collaborators Alejandro Salinas-Melgoza (U. Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo) and Grace Smith Vidaurre (New Mexico State U.) visited me at SFI. We worked on setting up the foundation for a long-term project on various aspects of monk parakeets as invasive/nonnative species. Grace will be conducting fieldwork in Uruguay in 2017 as a Fulbright scholar, and working to quantify and describe monk parakeet behaviors in the wild in the native range. Please visit experiment.com if you'd like to help support her work.
- I presented results of a fun side-project at the NAOC conference in a talk called "Socio-ecological inter-specific association networks: disentangling drivers of species association patterns in mixed species parrot flocks" in collaboration with Don Brightsmith. My talk was part of the Network Theory in Ornithology symposium organized by Iris Levin and Dai Shizuka.
- I also worked with Dai to co-teach a full day pre-conference workshop called "Introduction to Network Analysis in R".