Samantha began her scientific career with an International Baccalaureate on problem solving in large-billed crows in Bangkok, Thailand. She studied animal behavior and communication at Williams College, where she obtained a B.A. in Biology in 2010. She went on to study cognition and vocal learning in African Grey Parrots at Brandeis University, and the neural basis of the visual object recognition system in rats at Harvard University.
She is a second-year doctoral student in Behavioral and Evolutionary Neuroscience in Cornell University’s Psychology Department, where she studies the social basis of vocal learning in songbirds. Her interests include non-imitative social learning in zebra finches, the functional evolutionary basis of different vocal learning strategies, and cross-species comparisons of life histories and development. Her work is supported by a Cornell Sage Fellowship and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.