Alexis Levengood

PhD Candidate, University of the Sunshine Coast, USA

Alexis is a behavioral ecologist focused on social evolution and social complexity in long-lived, highly gregarious species, with a particular interest in marine mammals. She received my B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology from Connecticut College in 2010. Following her graduation, Alexis spent two years traveling and completing an assortment of behavioral ecology research internships working on species such as the Florida manatee, great white sharks, and varying species of dolphins and whales. In 2013, she graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland with a masters of research (M.Res) in Marine Mammal Science. Currently, Alexis is a PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia working under Dr. Celine Frère on the social plasticity of female bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, specifically investigating why social relationships are formed and how they are maintained. Her interests include social evolution, social transmission, maternal effects, and social plasticity.