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Research Summary


I am interested in how the behavior and physiology of organisms are shaped by environmental change.  I am also broadly interested in social behavior and the development of behavior and physiology during ontogeny.  Both processes - social behavior  and development- may afford individuals flexibility in adjusting to change but may also act as constraints.  I believe that understanding these processes will not only help to predict adaptive and non-adaptive responses for conservation purposes and to understand population-level patterns but also to answer fundamental questions in behavioral ecology.


My background and approach are interdisciplinary and tend to focus on the mechanisms underlying behavior.  I have integrated observational studies of behavior with endocrinology work in the laboratory, captive studies of cognitive processes, and field experiments to assess individual variation.


Please use the links to learn more about my current dissertatation research and my previous research. 


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