Doctoral Candidate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology UC Los Angeles curriculum vitae
Hi! I am a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellow working in the lab of behavioral ecologist Dr. Peter Nonacs. I am broadly interested in how the environment, personality, and social setting influence decision making particularly when it comes to food-storing choices and space-use. My research seeks to combine traditional field observational methods with new technologies in novel ways to assist in the remote collection of cognitive and behavioral data of wild squirrels.
Undergraduate Researcher Department of Anthropology UC Los Angeles
Cynthia is fascinated by both human and non-human animal behavior and evolution. She is particularly interested in studying the development of social systems. Currently, Cynthia is my lead field assistant and is also collecting her own data exploring the distribution of ground squirrels here on the James Reserve. She will be graduating in 2020 with a B.A in Anthropology with a focus on biological anthropology and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduation, she plans to continue to a doctoral program where she can study the evolution of social systems within the animal kingdom.