How do animals make informed social decisions ?
I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow working 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 both captive and wild capuchin monkeys. I am broadly interested in the evolution of social cognition, the interplay between cognition and sexual selection, and the role of hormones in driving cognition and behavior in primates.
I completed a joint PhD in Biological Anthropology and Biopsychology at the University of Michigan in August 2016 (advised by Dr. Jacinta Beehner and Dr. Thore Bergman). My dissertation research focused on vocal signals and social knowledge in wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) in the highlands of Ethiopia.
***In January 2021, I will joining the faculty at Emory as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology.***
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