Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology Laboratory

Research in our lab focuses on establishing links between sensory physiology and evolutionary behavioural ecology using plant-animal mutualistic interactions as the model system. Why have animals evolved the senses they possess and how do these senses contribute to their foraging ecology and behaviour? The methods we use are multi-pronged incorporating field studies and behavioural experiments. We are part of IISER-TVM Centre for Research and Education in Ecology and Evolution (ICREEE).

Hema Somanathan
Associate Professor, School of Biology
IISER Thiruvananthapuram
Maruthamala PO, Vithura
Thiruvananthapuram – 695551
Kerala, INDIA

Office: 0471 2778063


Sensory ecology at Lund

Asmi and Sajesh attended the international postgraduate course on  Sensory Ecology at Lund University, Sweden from 24 September to 7 October 2018.  Asmi presented her poster on “Spatial resolution of Indian stingless bee, Tetragonula iridipennis” and Sajesh on “Nest site choice in the giant honey bee Apis dorsata“. Njut av!

The Third Doctor

On 26th September, Bharat successfully defended his PhD thesis before his  opponent Prof. Mewa Singh from the University of Mysore and his examiners committee. Bharat’s thesis titled ‘Collective behavior in the inbred social spider, Stegodyphus sarasinorum’ covered the dispersal dynamics, personality types, intra-individual plasticity in prey-capture, prey-type based contextual differences in group hunting and finally …