How do animals make informed social decisions ?
2016 Joint PhD., Biological Anthropology & Biopsychology, University of Michigan,
2012 MA, Biological Anthropology,
University of Michigan, 2012
2007 BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Emory broadlyinterested in the evolution of primate social cognition, the mechanisms that influence social choices, and the context in which these decisions are adaptive.
My work unpacks both proximate and ultimate mechanisms of social decision-making in primates, offering a promising avenue for understanding the importance of sociality, cooperation, and conflict on primate cognitive evolution.
I co-direct a long-term field project, Capuchins de Taboga, on the cognition and behavior of wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in the Guanacaste Region of Costa Rica and continue my affiliation at the Language Research Center at Georgia State University where I study the mechanisms of social choices in captive tufted capuchins (Sapajus apella).
In December 2020, I completed an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Dr. Sarah Brosnan at Georgia State University, in collaboration with Dr. Meg Crofoot at UC Davis, on the social and hormonal factors that influence cooperation in capuchins.
Our research was recently featured on NPR. Listen to the story below.
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My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Leakey Foundation, and the Tempelton World Foundation