I am a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Michigan, advised by Dr. John Mitani. In my research I explore the importance of social bonds and how they arise and develop over a lifetime. My dissertation focuses on changing social behavior between adolescent male and female chimpanzees living at Ngogo in Kibale National Park, Uganda. In humans, I am interested in the formation of interspecific relationships and examine the social interactions between young children and animals. Previously, I studied the influence of social bonds on cognition in lemurs.