Bidisha Chakraborty

Bidisha Chakraborty-picture

I completed my Bachelors and Masters in Zoology from India. During my stint as a research intern in several Indian universities including the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata), I have worked on a variety of animal species, spanning from ants (e.g., aggressive behavior in Myrmicaria brunnea and Oecophylla smaragdina, etc.) to nonhuman primates (e.g., Western hoolock gibbons, Hanuman langurs and Rhesus macaques). I have now joined the Animal Behavior Graduate Group as a PhD student under Dr .McCowan. I am interested in territoriality and intergroup conflict, and my specific interest lies in determining how intergroup interactions influence intragroup social behavior. I also want to investigate the individual differences in participation and the attributes (rank, sex, position in social network) that may explain these differences.