Animal Behavior Laboratory

IIHAN Investigators & Staff

Brianne Beisner, PhD

Co-Investigator, Human-Monkey Conflict

Area of Specialization

Research focuses the evolution of social behavior, particularly in macaques, with an emphasis on using social network theory to understand how variation in the structural and relational dynamics of the network relate to health and well-being and how such relationships can be use to improve management of both captive and wild populations. She oversees scientific asepcts of the IIHAN Human-Monkey Conflict Consortium ibcluding studies in India and Malaysia.

Eliza Bliss-Moreau, PhD

Co-Investigator, Dolphin Social Cognition and Emotion

Area of Specialization

Eliza focuses on understanding affect, a fundamental ingredient of emotional experiences, and how organism-to-organism variation in affect shapes variation in psychological wellbeing. She oversees scientific aspects of the IIHAN Dolphin Socio-cognition and Emotion program.

Eliza's Website

Stacy Hooper, PhD

Communication Specialist, Dolphin Socio-cognition and Emotion

Area of Specialization

Dr. Hooper coordinates the internship prgoram for the Dolphin Socio-cognition and Emotion Project. She is also a postdoctoral associate in the Patricelli Lab at UC Davis working on modifying a software modeling package called NMSim. With IIHAN, she provides valuable input on the theory, collection, and analysis of dolphin vocalizations. 

Kimberly VanderWaal, PhD

Research Associate, Socieoecology of Infectious Disease

Area of Specialization

Dr. VanderWaal's research interests focus on understanding sources of individual heterogeneity in pathogen transmission, and how this variation impacts disease dynamics at the population level. In her PhD work, she combined a network approach with microbial genetics to assess pathways of both inter- and intra-specific pathogen transmission in wildlife populations in Kenya.  She is broadly interested in sources of individual variation in infection dynamics at multiple scales, including immunological, behavioral, and spatial drivers of heterogeneity. Dr. VanderWaal is currently a postdoctoral research scientist with the Minnesota Zoo.

Darren E. Minier, MAIS


Area of Specialization

Darren's interests lie in the intersection of behavioral ecology and conservation biology, whereby knowledge gained has immediate application to problems facing managed animal populations, both captive and free-ranging. Darren provides outreach and media support for the International Insitute for Human-Animal Networks and, as Coordinator of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research at the Oakland Zoo coordinates collaborative research projects with IIHAN on social aggression and captive well-being in chimpanzees and river otters.