Ph.D. I Biological Sciences
My specific yet broad research question is "Why individuals cooperate?" I am studying cooperation in different macaque species focusing on various proximate mechanisms, e.g. personality, prosociality, and dominance-rank relationships. Such an interdisciplinary (behaviour and cognition) and comparative approach will largely help us understand the evolution of cooperation in animal societies.
My doctoral research focused on the behavioural adaptations of Indian free-ranging dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) in urban environments. I was interested in understanding the evolution of dog-human relationship by exploring various factors such as interspecific non-verbal communication, interactions, and perceptions, etc.
My research questions were broad, and I used an integrative approach of cognition and behaviour while addressing them. Please visit the research themes and publication pages for more details.
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Note: All experiments had ethical approval from respective institutes. None of the subjects were harmed during the studies. We prioritized animal welfare and all the subjects participated voluntarily.