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I am an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Chauvin, LA where I am leading the Coastal Behavioral Ecology Lab.
My research examines the functions and mechanisms of collective behaviors in animals with a particular focus on marine organisms including schooling fish, elasmobranchs and marine mammals. I explore how aggregations form, maintain and collectively react to external factors such as predators, environmental factors, human disturbances and habitat structure.
My main research goal is to gain deeper understanding of how group-living animals collectively respond to a fluctuating environment over ecological and evolutionary timescales to address ecological and conservation issues.
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