I am an associate professor in psychology at Oakland University, but, more importantly, I am an animal lover. I have been fascinated with all kinds of animals from as far back as I can remember and I feel extremely fortunate to have a career where I now study species ranging from bats to bears to non-human primates in an effort to better understand how they think and experience the world. My work has shown that many animals are capable of forming abstract categories, recognizing kin, understanding relationships between stimuli, and attribute reputations to other individuals. I am especially interested in studying species that have been neglected by other comparative psychologists. In my spare time, I like to hang out with my many cats watching netflix. But i also like to eat out and explore new places.