(B.S. Biology, 2014, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.A. Biological Anthropology, 2017, University of Colorado Boulder) Katie is a Ph.D. candidate who approaches the question of “Why are animals social?” by investigating how individual variation impacts social behavior. Her MA thesis work investigated how age affects behavior and sociality in captive ring-tailed lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center. She is currently exploring how ring-tailed lemur individual variation influences social behavior with particular emphasis on social skills and competence. Her research interests also include demographic change in populations over time due to environmental shifts. Her undergraduate and professional training in biology and microbiology motivate her to situate her research beyond the context of anthropology and primatology to understand inter-individual variation within the animal kingdom. Her adviser is Michelle Sauther.