Research Overview

We are interested in understanding the evolution of complex cognitive abilities in animals, in investigating what animals know about their social and ecological environments, and in asking how animals use this knowledge and their ability to learn about their environments in adaptive ways. Aside from being fundamentally interested in these questions, we also think that questions about animal cognition are particularly relevant in today's rapidly changing world. More than ever, animals need to be able to quickly adapt to new conditions and deal with novel challenges. We are interested in understanding the role of cognition in these situations. To learn more about our specific projects, please read the descriptions below: