I am a biological anthropologist, with a specialization in primatology. Broadly, my primary research interest is in the area of great ape socioecology, and my expertise is in behavioral ecology, molecular primatology, and the genus Pan. I am interested in intraspecific variation in social structure and social organization in response to environmental variables, and the evolution of social systems; particularly the selection for cooperative behaviors. My focus on the great apes stems from an interest in human evolution, and the transition from the last common ancestor (LCA) to the first bipedal hominin. My research includes fieldwork, laboratory work, and statistical analyses and modeling.