About me

I am the Team Leader for Cephalopod Support at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan studying sleep behavior in local species of cephalopods supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI).

I earned my PhD in Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis under Dr. Gail Patricelli in 2012. The work I did there describes for the first time how Western scrub jays react to dead birds with alarm calls and cacophonous aggregations. Carefully designed experiments show that dead of their own species and others of similar size are used as cues of predation danger in the area and increases caution for a subsequent period of time in that area.

I moved to Australia and spent a year in Canberra at the Australian National University. I held several positions as a Research Assistant and Research Technician as I wrote up my thesis for publication. Then I moved to Sydney and worked as a Senior Research Officer for three years at Macquarie University.

I’ve been involved in research on animal communication, social interactions, and cue use in birds, mating strategies and sperm competition in marine fish, brain size and brain morphology in marine fishes, and sleeping behavior in cuttlefish and other cephalopods. I am generally interested in animal behavior and the physiological mechanisms (brain and hormones) that affect these behaviors.

The best ways to see current information about my research are via my ResearchGate and Google Scholar pages.



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Publications list: http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=edli0pgAAAAJ


Stimuli used in Experiment 1, Experiment 2, and Experiment 3 (a) Wooden novel object in blue (yellow and pink also presented) surrounded by tongue depressors glued together to resemble scattered feathers (b) dried skin of dead jay surrounded by feathers (c) mounted Great Horned Owl and (d) mounted Western scrub-jay. The novel object and dead jay stimuli each provided a visual stimulus roughly 60 cm in diameter. (from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347212003569)