I’m currently a third year graduate student at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Psychological Sciences, advised by Alexandra Paxton. In the DYSCORD Lab, we investigate social coordination in small and large groups, both human and non-human (invertebrate).
I’m currently a trainee for the Science of Learning and Art of Communication (SLAC) and was recently awarded an Honorable Mention for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. I’m also an instructor for SoftwareCarpentry, a volunteer-run organization teaching computing skills to researchers and students across the globe.
My research interests include collective intelligence, social dynamics, and cross-species similarities during social coordination. I’m particularly interested in using nonlinear methods to capture the wildness and variability that is deep-rooted in social events. My love for honey bees has led me to see striking similarities in group phenomena between these invertebrates and human collectives, particularly in the area of task-allocation. I aim to use insect groups and their methods of communication as a model for engineering more effective human work groups.