Research

Welcome!

I am a PhD student in primatology at the CUNY Graduate Center and part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). My doctoral advisor is Dr. Andrea Baden, who leads the Primate Molecular Ecology Lab (PMEL). My research interests lie broadly in non-human primate communication, particularly vocalizations, and conservation. My dissertation will study vocal communication in black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) and how acoustic technology can be used as a monitoring tool for conservation. I conduct fieldwork at Centre ValBio research station and Mangevo bushcamp in Ranomafana National Park, a protected tropical rainforest in southeastern Madagascar. I’m very interested in the emerging conservation technology field (check out WILDLABS and #techforwildlife on Twitter), which brings together computer scientists, engineers, conservation practitioners, and ecologists. As part of this, I co-maintain a Conservation Tech Directory site (read more about it on the ‘Education & Outreach’ page).

Prior to the PhD, I received a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and a MS in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University. My master’s thesis was conducted at the Duke Lemur Center (Durham, North Carolina) and used an experimental paradigm to study social learning comparatively across 7 different lemur species. I am a born-and-raised New Yorker, and an avid Giants, Yankees, Islanders, and Red Bulls fan. When I’m not wearing my PhD hat, I love to horseback ride, hike and read historical fiction novels.