I am an evolutionary biologist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University with Dr Pascale Sicotte. My research interests primarily focus on understanding the mechanisms driving cooperation in both human and non-human primates, and the strategies that non-human primates have for overcoming inter-sexual conflict. I am currently working on a number of projects with various collaborators, including:

  1. Female reproductive decisions and infanticide avoidance strategies in Colobus vellerosus (with Dr Pascale Sicotte, Dr Eva Wikberg and Ally King)
  2. Dynamics of the food-for-sex market in vervet monkeys (with Dr Julie Teichroeb)
  3. Foraging strategies in vervet monkeys (with Dr Julie Teichroeb and Ming Fei Li)
  4. Foraging strategies, social structure, and inter-unit interactions in Colobus angolensis ruwenzorii (with Dr Julie Teichroeb, Samantha Stead, Frances Adams and Florence Landry)
  5. The mechanisms promoting spontaneous helping in humans (with Dr Julie Teichroeb)

My doctoral research examined the evolutionary origins of human warfare, using vervet monkeys as a model species. In this work, I demonstrated that males and females experience very different costs and benefits from fighting in, or even experiencing intergroup conflicts. As a result, conflicts of interest often arise between the sexes, and both males and females use a number of social incentives like punishment, rewards and coercion to manipulate the participation of members of the opposite sex.