I'm a post-doctoral research associate with the Center for Insect Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. This summer, I start as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Missouri- St. Louis.
The primary focus of my research is investigating the role of environmental variability in the evolution and ecological function of cognition (e.g. learning, memory, and decision making). How do animals track change in their environments? When is learning and tracking a good strategy? How should animals weight different sources of information? Even more broadly, I'm interested in the interplay between evolution and cognitive mechanisms. To answer these questions I use a mix of theory and experiments, and work on time scales from single foraging bouts to experimental evolution studies across many generations.