I am interested in ecological and evolutionary relationships between wild, tropical animals and plants.
My current research is based primarily in Kibale National Park, where I use spectroscopy, colour modelling and analytical chemistry to quantify the signals and cues that fruits produce to attract seed dispersing animals.
My dissertation research focused on the foraging behaviour, feeding ecology and colour vision capabilities of brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) in Ankarafantsika National Park, Northwestern Madagascar. Specifically I investigated the role that fruit colour, odour, hardness and size play in brown lemur foraging behaviour and foraging efficiency. I also completed similar work on two species of mouse lemur (Microcebus ravelobensis, M. murinus).
My master's research took place in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, where I studied the feeding and ranging ecology of white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus), as well as seed dispersal by capuchins.
I have also researched the impact of anthropogenic forest fragmentation on seed dispersal and forest regeneration.
I am interested in the impact that seed dispersers can have on the evolution of plant traits and plant morphology, and the impact that plant traits and morphology can have on seed disperser sensory adaptations. I am also interested in how human activities such as forest fragmentation can affect the complex and fascinating relationships between fruiting plants and the animals that disperse their seeds.