Princeton University  |  Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • Dissertation title: Dynamics of self-assembled structures in Eciton army ants
  • Advisor: Iain Couzin


Columbia University  |  M.S., Advanced Architectural Design


Southern California Institute of Architecture  |  B.Arch., Architecture

Academic and Teaching Positions

2016 – 2017

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Postdoctoral Fellow

2011 – 2014

Princeton University 

Assistant-in-Instruction | Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2009 – 2013

Drexel University

Adjunct Professor | Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Non-academic Positions

2018 – present

Freelance Consultant |  Berlin, Germany


Art & Science Node  |  Scientific Curator | Berlin, Germany

2016 – 2017

Studio Tomas Saraceno  | Scientist-in-Residence |  Berlin, Germany

2004 – 2008

AkarStudios Director of Design / Project Architect | Santa Monica, CA

2003 – 2004

PATTERNS Architects  | Intern Architect |  Los Angeles, CA)

Invited Talks and Presentations


Conference on Collective Behavior  |  Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics |  Treiste, Italy.

Distributed, Collective Computation in Biological and Artificial Systems conference  |  Janelia Research Campus  |  Virginia, USA.

The 10th Beyond Humanism Conference: Cultures of the Posthuman | University of Lower Silesia | Wroclaw, Poland.

Invited seminar  |  Glowacki Lab, University of Bristol  |  Bristol, UK


Architecture As a Presumed Future symposium (talk and panel discussion with Tomas Saraceno)  |  ZKM Center for Art and Media  |  Karlsruhe, Germany.

Invited seminar  |  BBN / Raytheon Technologies  |  Cambridge, USA.


Invited seminar  |  SMNG-A Architects  |  Chicago, USA.

Invited seminar  |  Pierce Lab, Harvard University  |  Cambridge, USA.


Symposium on Collective Behavior  |  Max Planck Institute for Ornithology  |  Konstanz, Germany.


Invited seminar  |  Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute  |  Barro Colorado Island, Panama.

Animal Behavior Society, 51st Annual Conference  |  Princeton, USA.


101st Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting: New Constellations, New Ecologies  |  San Francisco, USA.

Social Insects in the Northeast Region (SINNERS), 2nd Symposium  |  Rockefeller University | NY, USA.


INPUT-OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments Symposium  |  Temple University  |  Philadelphia, USA.

Academic Service

Journal reviewer

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology; Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution; Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

Guest design critic

Columbia University; University of Pennsylvania; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; SCI-Arc; AA Visiting School Berlin; Temple University; Drexel University.