My main interest centers around behavioral and evolutionary ecology. I am particularly interested in how social environments affect fitness through altering behavior and habitat use, and in return, how the changes in fitness feedback to the evolution of social environments and life-history traits. Social environments can be a strong selection pressure via indirect genetic effects. I am fascinated by behavioral interactions among individuals, such as aggressive behavior, cooperative behavior, and mating behavior.

My goal is to interpret animal worlds (including us) through social behavior. Tools for the interpretation can be anything (experiments, field observations, computer simulations, theory, etc). I have been using fish as a model, but I am also interested in other animals, such as insects, birds and reptiles.