I am a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) in Knoxville, Tennessee. My research focuses on the behavior and ecology of mammals and birds. Currently, I study social network dynamics in the spotted hyena. I am fascinated by the effects of sociality on life history and fitness, and by communication – the “glue” of social life. For example, we have found that hyraxes that live in more “egalitarian” groups, in which the social ties are more evenly spread, live longer.