Broadly, my research is concerned with social cognition, or how nonhuman animals think about the social world. I am particularly interested in how social relationships develop and how the day-to-day interactions between individuals reinforce or undermine pre-existing relationships. I approach this question from a comparative perspective, looking at how social relationships influence decision-making in different species. Of particular interest to me is the difference between animals that have evolved to be solitary (like cats) and those that evolved in social groups (like dogs and chimpanzees).

Currently, I have two main areas of research: sociality and welfare in cats and cooperation in chimpanzees.