I study animal behavior using tools from biomechanics and physiology.

Some of my interests include:
1. How animals resolve contests
2. Enlarged animal structures - animal "weapons"
3. Animal communication, signaling, and perception

Latest News

August 2017 - I co-developed and co-taught a class with Eleanor Caves on analyzing spectral sensitivity data in R! See a writeup and download the data and R script here.

June 2017 - I just got back from the 2017 Animal Behavior Society conference! I presented my continuing work on the energetics of mantis shrimp sparring strikes (more info on the Research page). It was great to see everyone at ABS!

May 2017 - Rachel Cohn, an undergraduate researcher working with me, was awarded a Duke Dean's Summer Fellowship and a Duke SMIF Fellowship! She's figuring out how mantis shrimp sense strikes through telson mechanoreceptors. Congrats, Rachel!

January 2017 - I just returned from the 2017 Society for Integrative and Comparative (SICB) Conference in New Orleans! Got some great feedback on my work on competitive assessment and made new connections.

January 2017 - SciREN, the outreach non-profit which I help run, was covered in a recent article of Coastwatch, the publication of NC SeaGrant! Read the article here.