My main interest centers around behavioral and evolutionary ecology. Behavior is a fundamental link between an organism and the environment, and thus, understanding the hows and whys of animal behavior is a crucial step in ecology. I am particularly interested in how social environments affect fitness through altering behavior, 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 the process and consequence of behavioral interactions among individuals, such as aggressive and cooperative behavior.
My overarching goal is to link between behavior, fitness, population dynamics, and life histories by elucidating the process of behavioral adaptation in complex dynamical systems through advanced analytical methods and interdisciplinary thinking. I have been studying social behavior of fish and humans, but I am also interested in other systems, such as insects, birds and reptiles.