Our research seeks to understand how and why complex behaviors arise in evolution by discovering their underlying neural mechanisms. By identifying mechanisms of behavior, we can test and generate hypotheses for their evolution. 

We focus on social and spatial cognition. Social and spatial cognition are crucial to fitness because they affect the ability to choose good mates, provide parental care, and locate necessary resources in the environment. Thus, understanding the neural mechanisms of social and spatial cognition is fundamental to understanding their evolution.