I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. My committee consists of Dr. Doug Bird, Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird, Dr. Brian Hare, Dr. Nancy Dreschel, and Dr. Laura Weyrich. Broadly, I am interested in how the social relationship between dogs and humans shaped dog behavior and cognition through the domestication process.
Education and Background
In 2016, I graduated with a B.S. in Evolutionary Anthroplogy and Biology from Duke Univeristy. I did my honors thesis in the Nunn Lab, where I was advised by (now Dr.) Caroline Amoroso and Dr. Charlie Nunn in my research at the Duke Lemur Center. My thesis focused on the behavioral adapations lemurs have to avoid disease through their water choices.
After my undergraduate education, I spent two years working as the lab coordinator of the Duke Canine Cognition Center, directed by Dr. Brian Hare. There, I was instrumental in creating and running the Duke Puppy Kindergarten, where undergraduate student volunteers helped raise puppies to become assistance dogs. I also conducted research comparing wolf and dog cognition.
In 2019, I began my Ph.D. in the Anthropology Department at the Pennsylvania State University. I am co-advised by Dr. Doug Bird and Dr. Rebecca Bliege Bird. My current research projects include studying dog behavior at a local dog park, using camera traps to study how human activity affects canid behavior in Australia, and studying dog cognition through citizen science.