What do I do?
My research focuses on how brains make decisions and choose behaviors. I develop tools and techniques that allow us to precisely quantify which behaviors an animal is performing by using machine learning in order to identify the underlying neural computations. I frequently use natural and social behaviors in flies and mice, where animals make unconstrained and complex decisions.
I think it is important to understand scientific problems from many angles. To understand behavior, I use concepts from neuroscience, psychology, economics, ecology, physics, computer science, and more.
I write about science, about ideas.
I make data visualizations.
I run the NeuroRumblr, a website to aggregate information about neuroscience conferences and faculty jobs.