behavior ecology evolution



Research Overview

The evolution of social behavior represents a major transition from individual to coordinated group. Despite this increase in complexity, the same genetic and genomic methods used to study behaviors in model systems can be applied to study sociality. To this end, I use population and evolutionary genomics to characterize the genetic architecture of social behavior. However, my interests extend beyond a description of the proximate genetic mechanisms. I strive to understand the interplay of genes and ecology in shaping the evolution of this trait. Thus, I couple genomics to field-based ecology to link proximate mechanisms with population-level and evolutionary processes shaping the evolution of social behavior.

What are the key ecological and genetic factors associated with the evolution of social behavior?

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