Kate Laskowski (Primary Investigator)

Kate is interested in all things behavior, fish and variance partitioning. Kate received her B.S. at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where her love of research started in Jeff Leips’ quantitative genetics fruit fly lab. Kate moved to the University of Illinois to work with Alison Bell for her Ph.D. and then moved to Berlin Germany after graduation where she worked at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology & Inland Fisheries until starting at UC Davis in 2019.

email: klaskowski .at.


Jon AguiƱaga (Ph.D. Student, Population Biology Graduate Group)

Jon Aguinaga

In general, Jon is interested in exploring how information acquired from the social environment is combined with personal information in order to influence behavioral decisions. He believes Bayesian modeling approaches may be useful in this endeavor and will inform well designed experiments. Previously, he modeled the effects of social information on the accuracy of individual assessments using stochastic simulations in R at Washington State University with Dr. Gomulkiewicz and Dr. Watts. He loves long drives with good music!

email: jaguinaga .at.


Kirsten Sheehy (Ph.D. Student, Animal Behavior Graduate Group)

Kirsten Sheehy

Broadly, Kirsten is interested in the variability and persistence of plastic behavior in both time and space. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms that drive variation in behavior and this variation may, in turn, impact the surrounding environment. Kirsten believes that without diversity, equity, and inclusion it is impossible to conduct good science. She is committed to utilizing activism and outreach to make academia accessible and welcoming to all people.

email: kasheehy .at.


Candice Mitchell (undergraduate researcher)