I have designed an interdisciplinary research program that seeks to understand the means by which we can quantitatively assess and predict patterns of behavior. More specifically, I address questions of the proximate cues that direct behavior. I work with several species of fish at one end of the spectrum and with humans on the other end. While the nature of the questions that I address differ depending on the subject (fish or humans), the methods I use are very similar and it is this similarity in approach that makes my research unique. With respect to fishes, my research focuses on behavior, sexual selection, and how habitat variation can affect the evolution of behavior. With respect to humans, I am particularly interested in the link between learning and behavior. My goal is to identify the key predictors that affect learner outcomes in science classrooms and citizen science programs. As a scientist and educator, I feel it important to provide students and community members with the tools that enable scientific understanding and the active participation in the stewardship of natural resources.