Animal Spatial Decisions
Environmental Factors & Physiological Processes
Broadly, I’m interested in how animal behavior is influenced by the environmental and internal processes (physiological, neurological). I think a lot about how animals perceive their environment and respond to cues that represent resources and risks (food, predation risk, competition, mates). My research has focused on how animals make behavioral decisions to manage trade-offs between these competing sources of selection.
Currently, I’m addressing how multiple environmental factors and internal processes interact to influence the areas animal choose to use. In the natural world, animals perceive multiple cues simultaneously and the optimal response to each cue is likely different. How do we know which cues have more influence than others so that we can better understand and predict animal spatial decisions? I’m working to design and empirically test a broad theoretical framework that describes how suites of environmental cues and internal processes interact to influence the areas animals choose to use.
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