I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. I received my PhD from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, working with Dr. Lucia Jacobs. My dissertation research explored decision-making in the scatter-hoarding fox squirrel.
My current research interests include the behavior of the domestic cat, and the relationship between people and their companion animals. I'm also deeply interested in how pets and urban wildlife can promote public interest in science.
I am the co-author with Jackson Galaxy of the new book “Total Cat Mojo,” and my research has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of Comparative Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Anthrozoös: A Multidisciplinary Journal of the Interactions of People and Animals.
I am a co-owner of the cat behavior consulting business, Feline Minds and I co-run a website on enrichment for cats using foraging puzzles, called Food Puzzles For Cats. In my free time I obsess over: my cats, reading dystopian novels, baseball, punk music, vegetarian food, my bicycle, and getting to know my new neighborhood in Sacramento, California.