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My name is Mason Youngblood, and I am a PhD candidate in Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In my research, I apply methods from computational social science, cultural evolution, and behavioral ecology to questions about human and non-human animal behavior. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how sexual selection and cultural evolution drive changes in birdsong at the population-level, and how behaviors and beliefs, such as music and extremist ideology, spread through human populations.

I’m also passionate about R and data visualization. Some of my favorite examples from my published and submitted work are shown below: