I am broadly interested in understanding primate responses to fluctuating food availability, particularly from socioecological, endocrine, and morphological perspectives. My dissertation examined the social, ecological, and reproductive consequences of seasonal changes in food availability for Diana monkeys living in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. As a postdoctoral research associate at Boston University, I am examining the impact of dramatic fluctuations in food availability on orangutan life history. I am conducting fieldwork on orangutan ecology and behavior and lab analyses of food nutritional content and biomarkers indicative of health and reproductive status. Both projects also incorporate research on ingestive behavior and oral processing. Ultimately, I hope to understand the role ecological uncertainty plays in the evolution and maintenance of primate social and reproductive strategies.
I am also interested in making anthropology and primatology more inclusive and accessible sciences for a diverse group of scientists!