I am a primate behavioral ecologist and socioendocrinologist with a particular interest in reproductive physiology and sexual selection. My work aims to not only understand the proximate and ultimate mechanisms associated with the evolution of primate social systems, but also to use that knowledge to inform primate conservation efforts.
I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with my dissertation titled “The impact of habitat quality on female red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) reproduction in Kibale National Park, Uganda”. After graduating, I did a postdoc in the Institute for Mind and Biology at the University of Chicago studying behavioral and physiological variation among high-ranking male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.
In a subsequent postdoc in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, I studied behavioral, hormonal, microbial, and genetic variation in spider monkeys and woolly monkeys at Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuador. I have extensive experience conducting research in the tropics, including two years of field work in Uganda, six months of field work on Cayo Santiago, and most recently, field work in Ecuador. For each of these projects, I worked in molecular laboratories to analyze the associated biological samples.
My continued collaborations at these field sites and laboratories allows me to take a comparative approach to understanding primate behavioral ecology. My long-term research in Uganda has also resulted in a collaborative effort to improve conservation through a community-based anti-crop raiding project that will reduce human-wildlife conflict.
I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis where I am continuing all of these research interests in my Reproductive Ecology and Behavioral Endocrinology Lab.
Collaboration is at the heart of my research philosophy, and I welcome inquiries about potential projects.