I study primate behavior. My main research activities and interests consist in 1) investigating the role of cognitive and social factors in group-level decisions, 2) exploring the psychological processes, socio-demographic constraints, and ecological context underlying behavioral innovations and traditions, and 3) addressing the developmental, physiological, functional, and cultural components of sexual behaviors in non-human primates. I am particularly interested in the mechanisms and evolution of non-adaptive behaviors.
I have carried out studies on various topics, including aggressive and post-conflict interactions, mate choice, group movement, behavioral innovations and traditions, foraging activities, object manipulation, tool-use, and manual preference.
After a general education in Biology, I earned a M.S. in Neuroscience (1998) and a Ph.D. in Ethology (2002) from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, under the supervision of Drs. Bernard Thierry and Odile Petit.
In 2010, I was a visiting researcher at the Primate Research Center, Udayana University, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, in collaboration with Dr. I Nengah Wandia.
I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow and sessional lecturer in the , University of Lethbridge, Canada, working in collaboration with .