Meet the Team!

We’re proud to say the Animal Behavior Podcast is created entirely by Animal Behavior Researchers from all over the world!
Here you can find out more about our amazing team, and learn more about their research!

Podcast Director &

Matthew Zipple

Matthew is a Klarman postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, studying how social behaviors shape the evolution of life history in mammals.


Amy Strauss

Amy is a PhD Candidate in UMass Amherst’s Organismic and Evolutionary Biology graduate program, where she studies how ecological and social factors shape songbird vocal communication systems. She also teaches biology and runs a science research program for high school students at Marin Academy.

Comm Director

Casey Patmore

Casey is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, studying parental care and cooperation in burying beetles.

Sound Director

Brian Leavell

Brian is a PhD candidate at Purdue University, studying predator-prey interactions and communication systems.

Education Team

Georgia Lambert

Georgia is PhD student at the University of Edinburgh studying parental care and cooperation in burying beetles.

Emily McLean

Emily is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Oxford College of Emory University.  She’s interested in the evolution of social behavior.

Content Editors

Niko Hensley

Niko is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University studying the diversification of communication behaviors in Hawaiian crickets.

Poppy Lambert

Poppy is a comparative cognition researcher and PhD student at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, and a member of the Goffin Lab. She studies aspects of tool innovation and physical cognition.

Naomi Person

Naomi is an animal behavior enthusiast and broadcast professional. She shares her many skills acquired from years of experience working as a producer for Fresh Air with Terry Gross to make the podcast the best that it can be.