NSF postdoc fellow with Dr. Erich Jarvis at the Rockefeller University and Dr. Elizabeth Hobson at the University of Cincinnati working with a model songbird species. Finished my Ph.D. in 2020 with Dr. Tim Wright at New Mexico State University, in which we used an invasive parrot species as a natural experiment of genetic change and altered social environments. Graduated from Haverford College with a B.S. in Biology and Spanish.
Vocal learning, or the ability to learn vocalizations from social companions, is a fundamental component of human language. This rare trait has also evolved in several phylogenetically distant mammalian and avian taxa. I am interested in how the social environment influences this cognitive trait. My research encompasses both functional and mechanistic questions with parrots and songbirds. I am currently working on how vocal learning may be used to communicate social information, and assessing epigenetic regulatory markers in the neural circuits important for this specialized form of social learning.