I’m broadly interested in human evolution, especially in the role of the interplay of social- and environmental factors during cognitive evolution. I aim to better understand how different aspects of sociability and environmental complexity are interrelated with the evolution of enhanced cognition by comparing humans to our closest relatives the great apes, as well as by using broader comparative approaches across species.
My current research focus is on the development of cognitive performance. I investigate which factors during immaturity affect cognitive performance as well as the size and complexity of skill repertoires by looking at the development of immature orangutans over multiple years. By comparing two populations of orangutans and by looking at broader patterns across a wider range of species I also aim to address these question on the evolutionary level.