I am an Animal Behavioral and Infectious Disease Ecologist. The overarching theme of my research concerns the relative role(s) of ecological (e.g. resource abundance, anthropogenic factors, disease risk) versus epigenetic or phylogenetic constraints in shaping the evolution of group-living and social network structures in animals. Stemming from this, I have also more recently been adopting epidemiological approaches to assess the susceptibility versus resistance of animal social networks to acquiring and potentially transmitting infectious diseases.
Although open to studying a variety of nonhuman animal systems, my work to-date has largely focused on captive and free-living groups of nonhuman primates, particularly macaques (Macaca sp.).
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