Integrative organismal biology: behavior, biomechanics, physiology.

My interests include:
1. Assessment and decision making across contexts.
2. Physical and physiological mechanisms of behavior.

Latest News

June 2020 - New paper out in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology! We link signal production, signal perception, and retinal physiology through the lens of categorical perception of carotenoid-based signal coloration. Check out the publications page for a link and the research page to learn more about categorical perception.

June 2020 - New papers out in Behavioral Ecology! A review of categorical perception in animal communication and decision-making, and a response to comments on the review. Check out the publications page for links and the research page to learn more about categorical perception.

February 2020 - My paper with Matt McHenry & Sheila Patek in JEB made the shortlist for the 2019 Outstanding Paper Prize! Find a link to the paper on the publications page.

December 2019 - I just returned from the Banded Mongoose Research Project field site in Uganda! Learn more about my plans for work on intergroup conflict in banded mongooses at the research page.

November 2019 - Along with Alejandro Rico-Guevara, I'm organizing a symposium on the Physical Mechanisms of Behavior for the 2021 SICB conference!

August 2019 - I'll be starting at University of Exeter's Biosciences Campus as a Fellow with the Human Frontiers Science Program! Working with Michael Cant and Mark Briffa (Univ. Plymouth), I'll connect my work on dyadic (one-on-one) contests to contests between groups of social-living animals.

July 2019 - I used a Duke Core Facilities Voucher to work with the CT scan resources at Duke! We scanned several mantis shrimp telsons to understand how they sense and withstand sparring strikes. Learn more about sparring on the research page.

May 2019 - New paper out in Proceedings of the Royal Society B! We found that zebra finches show categorical perception of non-signaling (blue-green) coloration, but that its strength is weaker than that of signaling (red-orange) coloration. More info on the publications page!