I am an Evolutionary Biologist interested in the interplay between individual and group level properties in animal societies. More specifically, how selection operating on decision rules adopted by individuals, affects collective motion, environmental sensing, information propagation and decision making in animal groups and how these group level properties in turn affect individual fitness. I would like to explore these ideas using evolutionary and self-organisational principles. By combining these two lines of inquiry, I aim to provide proximate (mechanistic) and ultimate (functional) explanations to elucidate sociality, learning and information processing animal groups.
Currently, I’m a PhD student with Prof Iain Couzin at the Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Insitute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany.