• About Me

    I am a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. I am part of the FACEDIFF project team, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying how facial expressivity affects social relationships in humans and nonhuman primates. Most of my current and past research has been conducted on the rhesus macaque population from Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, one of the longest-running primate field sites in the world.

    Cayo Pequeño

    The smaller of the two islands that comprise Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico

  • Education

    New York University

    PhD (2015-2021)

    Biological Anthropology

    George Washington University

    MA (2013-2015)


    American University

    BA (2009-2013)


  • Projects

    Male-male competition and sexual dimorphism in rhesus macaques

    My PhD dissertation research is focused on understanding the selective mechanisms underlying the maintenance of sexual dimorphism in body mass and canine size in rhesus macaques. I am investigating:

    1) the function of canine teeth and body size as signals and/or weapons,

    2) how wounding rates relate to male reproductive strategies, and

    3) age-specific selection on male body mass.


    Check out a blog post I wrote for The Leakey Foundation!

    Male-male competition, sexual dimorphism and alternative reproductive strategies in a non-human primate: A morphological approach

    I am working on a collaborative project on the evolution of sexual dimorphism in rhesus macaques, led by Constance Dubuc and James Higham, with Alex DeCasien and Lauren Brent. Click here for our abstract on skeletal variation, and here for our paper on male morphometric traits.

    Analyses of hylobatid dental variation

    I contributed to the description of a new gibbon species: Hoolock tianxing (also known as the Skywalker gibbon), and to a description of fossil hylobatid molars from the Pleistocene of southern China.

    Other Projects

    See my Google Scholar profile for a full list of publications.

  • Funding Sources

    Many thanks to the following organizations for supporting my research!

    The Leakey Foundation

    National Science Foundation

    American Society of Primatologists

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