• Title Ph.D. candidate, Buston Lab
  • Education Bachelor’s Degree, Biology, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.

    Master’s Degree, Biology (Animal behavior curriculum), Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.
  • Area of Study Marine Biology

Current Research:

Understanding the formation, maintenance and transformation of social groups is one of the major challenges of evolutionary biology. The main objective of my research at BU is to test the generality of current theory and the robustness of our understanding of social evolution by investigating the role of ecological and social constraints in two tractable coral reef fish systems: the iconic clown anemonefish Amphiprion percula (a.k.a. Nemo) in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea and the coral-dwelling damselfish Dascyllus aruanus in Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. My research, therefore, re-assesses a classic question in evolutionary biology (i.e., Why has sociality evolved?) with novel research methods, such as Social Network Analysis, to generate transformative insights in evolutionary biology.

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