I am interested in animal cognition, welfare, color vision, and laterality. 

My Masters thesis research focuses on how we can train ruffed lemurs to show us if they have color vision, as well as incorporating cognitive tasks as a form of enrichment.

I am interested understanding how captive populations behave without predation and foraging pressures, as well as mitigating boredom and monotony in captivity by introducing cognitive enrichment for better welfare. My passion in hand preference and laterality stems from my interest in user experience and usability for non-human animals.

Photo by David Haring (Duke Lemur Center)

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