I study the social and life history traits driving cognition at the individual and species levels as well as how social networks influence social learning decisions and the transmission of information between individuals.
Nguyen PT, Chan K, Krohn M, Williams DM, Blumstein DT. (in progress) Skink behavioral plasticity varies as a function of human exposure. Behavioral Ecology.
Blumstein DT and Williams, DM (in review) Social learning by a whisker Current Biology
Blumstein, DT, Williams, DM, Lim, A, Kroeger, S., Martin, J.G.A (2018) Strong social relationships are associated with decreased longevity in a facultatively social mammal. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 285: 20171934
Dana M. Williams Diogo S.M. Samia William E. Cooper, Jr Daniel T. Blumstein (2014) The flush early and avoid the rush hypothesis holds after accounting for spontaneous behavior Behavioral Ecology 25: 1136–1147
Honors and Awards
ABS-Student research grant: 2018
American Society of Mammalogists- Grant-in-Aid of research: 2018
NSF-GRFP honorable mention: 2016
2014 Wellesley College B.A. Biological Sciences Biological Sciences