My research interests revolve broadly around topics in animal behavior, molecular ecology, movement ecology, and the natural history of mammals. I am especially interested in research with conservation or management implications, and particularly on endangered and threatened species. My dissertation research focused on understanding the social structure of African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis).
Forest elephants are a distinct species from African savanna elephants (L. africana), are smaller, and highly frugivorous. They typically live in rainforest habitats throughout West and Central Africa. They are thought to make up one-third of the entire African elephant population, but are much less studied because they inhabit dense forest habitats, making them difficult to see. Forest habitats make it difficult to monitor and manage populations, which is a concern because many populations are still under threat from poaching. These factors make forest elephants a priority for scientific merit and conservation value.