About Me

I am a behavioral and infectious disease ecologist and anthropologist. 
I am broadly interested in how primates and other group-living animals respond and adapt to changing environments. 
My research aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary
processes that influence animal social behavior, human-animal interactions, and their impact on health outcomes. To this end, I investigate the relative effects of both inherent characteristics (genotypic variation, life-history traits, phylogenetic history), and extrinsic socioecological factors (resource distribution, disease risk, human impact), on the evolution of nonhuman primate social structure and in turn infectious disease transmission. To address these goals, my work integrates theoretical knowledge in behavioral ecology, evolutionary anthropology, and epidemiology, with laboratory, field, and statistical/network-based analytical approaches pertaining to these areas.
The significance of my research is two-fold: gaining insights into the evolution of human sociality and group-living, and understanding the hidden/subtle behavioral and disease-related dimensions of human-wildlife interactions.