My general research interests are in behavioral and evolutionary ecology. In my research lab we work to integrate the functional explanations of behavior with an understanding of the underlying psychological mechanisms and/or ecological consequences. Our focus has recently been on survival, social interactions, and learning in animals in the laboratory and field settings.
My research interest and training may be broadly defined within the fields of behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology. It is my experience that research in these fields often lends itself to both the inclusion of undergraduate research projects and the potential for interdisciplinary collaborations. My research program examining the fitness consequences of learning, social behavior, and predator-prey interactions in animals has allowed me the opportunity to work with many undergraduate students while bridging the gap between behavior, ecology, conservation, and psychology.