I am on a Marie Curie fellowship in the Andy Gardner group at the University of St Andrews.I have broad interests in evolutionary biology and have used mathematical approaches to address questions on brain evolution, the evolution of social behavior, and the species problem.
This work seeks to provide quantitative understanding for causes of brain evolution.
A key contribution: identification of conditions for cognitive ability to be proportional to brain mass.
Evolution of social behavior
This work develops ramifications of a classic hypothesis for a source of social behavior, namely manipulation.
A key contribution: evolutionary conflict released by manipulation disappears as a result of subsequent evolution.
The species problem
This work formalizes a classic notion of species and explores its consequences.
A key contribution: populations can belong to multiple species.