PhD Candidate (Graduate Group in Ecology)
BA in Environmental Biology from Columbia University
I am fascinated by how social context affects individual behaviors as well as emergent collective behaviors performed by groups. For my dissertation, I study how social groups collectively respond to novel foraging situations, including noxious food sources. In particular, I am interested in how social dynamics might play a role in whether individuals fall for evolutionary traps. In essence, I try to understand how “peer pressure” might operate in animal groups. I am currently studying these questions in shoals of mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis).
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