I use approaches from human behavioral ecology and complex systems science to build and test theoretical models that provide insight into human behavior, social organization, and evolutionary ecology. My research questions tend to focus on: (1) how human behavioral strategies self-organize into complex social, political, and cultural structures; and (2) how these structures interact with ecological processes and environmental change. The goal of my research is to understand the evolution of patterns of human adaptive strategies, social structures, bio-demographic patterns, and inequality, especially in societies that are undergoing shifts in their productive and reproductive economies as a response to market integration and/or the influence of urban, market-based societies. I aim to conduct model-driven inquiry grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory while keeping in mind the end-goal of deriving specific predictions that can be tested through quantitative ethnographic fieldwork.
Prior to joining Emory, I was at the University of Vermont, where I earned a degree in Community Development and Applied Economics, conducted research in Public Administration, and took a course of post-bac study in Applied Mathematics. My research focused on public policy for adaptive management of complex social-ecological systems. This work relied primarily on network analysis, agent-based modeling, and data mining. Following graduation, I became a Research Associate in the same department and worked as an independent consultant on a variety of projects with research labs and nonprofit organizations.
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