Debottam Bhattacharjee

Ph.D. Biological Sciences

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher (EU Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow) at the Animal Ecology Group, Utrecht University, the Netherlands under the supervision of Dr. Jorg J.M. Massen.

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, dominance-rank relationships, endocrine, etc. Such an interdisciplinary (behaviour, cognition, physiology) and comparative approach will largely help us understand the evolution of cooperation in animal societies.

I completed my PhD in Biological Sciences from the Department of Biological Sciences , Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER-K). I had worked under the supervision of Dr Anindita Bhadra, Associate Professor.

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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