School of Biological Sciences
Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
- B.S. Tufts University (May 2014)
My research interests are focused on the evolution and diversity of animal communication systems. Specifically, I am interested in how context-specific behaviors such as courtship and agonistic contest displays evolve, as we see fascinating and diverse displays across animal taxa. I am currently studying the behavioral components of social interactions in the amblypygid Paraphrynus laevifrons, in order to determine if similar display components are used across different social contexts, and if these components have similar or distinct functions in each context. By doing so, I hope to understand the evolutionary “building blocks” of complex behavior in this fascinating taxa.