Individual behaviors, perceptual, sensory, and cognitive abilities are essential to understanding how an animal survives in the wild. In addition to how various groups live today in this changing world, we can learn from the varying conditions certain behaviors evolved and how extinct species once lived. I have studied wild and captive primates in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the UK, and the US.

My current research program takes a whole animal approach to addressing two overarching questions: 1. How do primates engage with their environment, conspecifics, and other organisms? 2. How did adaptive behaviors and morphologies evolve to facilitate successful behavioral ecology? More specifically I focus on the following topics:

1. Movement Ecology

  • Locomotor behavior and limb morphology

  • Spatial cognition

2. Behavioral Socioecology and Evolution

  • Behavioral plasticity

  • Reconstructing the ancestral condition

3. Sensory Morphology and Ecology

  • Nasal morphology and airflow dynamics in humans and other primates

  • Olfaction sensory drive

4. Conservation

  • Post-release monitoring

  • People-Primate Interactions