• Hi!

    I am a bio-anthropologist interested in human behaviour from evolutionary perspective

  • Research

    I worked on sexual preference in Indonesian males with Dr Michel Raymond (University Montpellier) and Dr Bambang Suryobroto (IPB University) for my PhD. I am also getting involve on Michel’s and Bambang’s project about local adaptation on environment at risk. We are conducting this research in the villages around Semeru mountain, one of an active volcano in Indonesia. We wish to finish this project soon after pandemic.


    I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCL working on how cultures influence empathy behaviour in Indonesian societies with Dr Alecia Carter (University College London) and Dr Christine Webb (Harvard University).

  • Traditional dance in Flores (personal credit)

    A cross-dresser learned to read Quran in Yogyakarta (personal credit)

    Merapi mountain, one of an active volcano in Indonesia (personal credit)

    Semeru mountain, another active volcano in Indonesia which become our field site (personal credit)

  • Publications

  • Arnot, M., Brandl, E., Campbell, O. L. K., Chen, Y., Du, J., Dyble, M., ... & Zhang, H. (2020). How evolutionary behavioural sciences can help us understand behaviour in a pandemic. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2020(1), 264-278.

    Purba, L.H.P.S., Widayati, K.A., Suzuki-Hashido, N., Itoigawa, A., Hayakawa, T., Nila, S., Juliandi, B., Suryobroto, B. & Imai, H. (2020). Evolution of the bitter taste receptor TAS2R38 in colobines. Primates, doi:10.1007/s10329-020-00799-1.

    Nila, S., Crochet, P. A., Barthes, J., Rianti, P., Juliandi, B., Suryobroto, B., & Raymond, M. (2019). Male homosexual preference: femininity and the older brother effect in Indonesia. Evolutionary Psychology, doi: 10.1177/1474704919880701..

    Nurhayu, W., Nila, S.,Widayati, K. A., Rianti, P., Suryobroto, B., & Raymond, M. (2019). Handedness heritability in industrialized and non-industrialized societies. Heredity, doi: 10.1038/s41437-019-0274-3.

    Nila, S., Barthes, J., Crochet, P. A., Suryobroto, B., & Raymond, M. (2018). Kin selection and male homosexual preference in Indonesia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(8), 2455-2465.

    Nurhayu, W., Nila, S., Raymond, M., & Suryobroto, B. (2018). Are right-and left-handedness relevant as general categories in a non-industrialized country?. Acta ethologica, 21(1), 21-28.

    Purba, L.H.P.S., Widayati, K.A., Tsutsui, K., Suzuki-Hashido, N., Hayakawa, T., Nila, S., Suryobroto, B. & Imai, H. (2017). Functional characterization of the TAS2R38 bitter taste receptor for phenylthiocarbamide in colobine monkeys. Biology letters, 13(1), 20160834.

    Tsuji, Y., Prayitno, B., Nila, S., Widayati, K. A., & Suryobroto, B. (2015). Diurnal resting site selection and daytime feeding behaviour of wild Malayan flying lemur Galeopterus variegatusin Western Java, Indonesia. Mammal Study, 40(1), 35-46.

    Tsuji, Y., Widayati, K. A., Nila, S., Hadi, I., Suryobroto, B., & Watanabe, K. (2015). “Deer” friends: feeding associations between colobine monkeys and deer. Journal of Mammalogy, 96(6), 1152-1161.

    Nila, S., Suryobroto, B., & Widayati, K. A. (2014). Dietary variation of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Telaga Warna, Bogor, West Java. HAYATI Journal of Biosciences, 21(1), 8-14.

  • Contact me

    Department of Anthropology

    University College London

    14 Taviton St, London, WC1H 0BW, UK

  • Please visit my albums on Flickr!