PhD Student Bioanthropology


Matriculated September 2022

Research Interests

Collective behaviour of humans and/or other primates using robust field data, social network analysis, and statistical methods. I hope to understand how complex social behaviours and decision-making emerge and are maintained in decentralized human societies. I hope this can help us understand how humans collectively achieve coordination and problem-solving in a broader context. 


Before joining Boston University as a PhD student, Bhavya completed an integrated BS and MS degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali from 2017 to 2022. She graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Science and Society Studies. After dabbling in several research internships in various fields of biology, Bhavya found her passion in behavioural ecology, and did her Master’s Thesis on the collective behaviour of escaping wild blackbuck (Indian Antelope or Antilope cervicapra) herds in response to a predation-like perturbation.

Awards & Grants

  • Boston University Dean’s Fellowship (Fall 2022, Spring 2023).


  • forthcoming