I completed B.Sc. Honours and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Alberta, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Hurd. I completed my Ph.D. at McMaster University, under the supervision of Prof. Sigal Balshine. My doctoral work focused on social decision-making in the cooperatively breeding cichlid fish, Neolamprologus pulcher. Specifically, I investigated how these animals make decisions in affiliative and aggressive contexts and how these decisions are mediated by isotocin, the teleost homologue of oxytocin. My Ph.D. Thesis is available online.

After my PhD, I was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at McGill University. I worked in Dr. Simon Reader's research group, where I investigated the effects of early life experience on the behaviour, physiology and neuroanatomy of Trinidadian guppies. I also worked on the relationship between nonapeptide circuitry in the brains of guppies and the variation in social behaviour we observe between natural guppy populations. 

Now, I am a recently appointed Lecturer in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. My research group will be working to understand the evolution and mechanims of social behaviour using fish model systems. For enquiries, please email me (