I am broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes at the interface between ecology and animal behavior as well as the role of individual-level behavior in shaping group- or population-wide processes. My research includes the investigation of the proximate drivers of mast-seeding in oaks, learning about the effects of such mast-seeding on the behavior of seed predators and dispersers, but also cognitive mechanisms underlying behavioral traditions in wild primates,
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Associate with Walt Koenig at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and our work mostly focuses on seed production in valley oaks (Quercus lobata) as well as seed predation and dispersal by California scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica) and acorn woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus).
I am also a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, where I collaborate with Scott Sillett and Brandt Ryder on various questions surrounding the role of island scrub-jays (A. insularis) as seed dispersers for island scrub oaks (Q. pacifica) on Santa Cruz Island, CA.
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