Hi, I'm Jake.
I am a neuroethologist and sensory ecologist studying how animals process sensory information to make decisions. Using arthropods as a model system, I seek to understand how individuals integrate social and environmental information to make movement decisions and how these individual movements scale to collective phenomena such as long-distance group migration.
Currently, I am a PhD student working with Prof. Iain Couzin in the Department of Collective Behaviour at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany.
I earned my B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, Ohio, USA) working with Drs. Daniel Wiegmann and Verner Bingman to study how amblypygids (a group of arachnids) use visual, olfactory, and mechanosensory information to navigate home in the dark.