• animal behavior
  • sexual dimorphism
  • mechanisms of diversity
  • communication
  • Apteronotidae

I'm interested in how the interplay between evolutionary and physiological processes organize the extraordinary diversity found across the 'tree of life'. By studying the neuroendocrine bases of animal behavior within a comparative framework, I attempt to gain a richer understanding of how diversity and variation in phenotype evolve. My dissertation focuses on apteronotids, a highly speciose family of the South American weakly-electric fish (Gymnotiformes).