PhD | Post-doc

Balamurali G S

Balamurali G S

PhD student

Balu joined the lab in 2011. He completed his Masters in Microbiology from MG University, Kerala. His research interests encompass visual ecology of insects in the context of foraging. For his PhD he used a comparative approach to understand spontaneous and learned colour preferences in tropical and temperate bees (in collaboration with Dr Natalie Hempel de Ibarra). He also looked at adaptive significance of floral colour change from a pollinator’s perspective. He is currently working as a post-doc with Dr Ullasa Kodandaramaiah (IISER TVM) on evolution of colour preferences in butterflies.

Shivani Krishna

Shivani Krishna

PhD student

Shivani joined the lab in 2011. She completed her Masters in biodiversity and conservation from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include plant-animal interactions and foraging behaviour of pollinators and seed dispersers. For her PhD, she worked on the reproductive ecology of Myristica swamp forests, which are akin to terrestrial habitat-islands in the Southern Western Ghats. She continued in the lab as a bridging postdoc examining the significance of touch-sensitive stigmas and followed it up with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Haifa with Dr Tamar Keasar examining how bumblebees learn to handle complex flowers. Shivani joined Ashoka University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in August 2019.

Bharat Parthasarathy

Bharat Parthasarathy

PhD student

Bharat joined the lab in 2012. He completed his Masters in Genetics from University of Cologne, Germany. His research interest lies in the evolution of sociality. To address this, he used the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum as the model organism to study personality-driven task partitioning and how contexts (intrinsic and extrinsic) shape specific behavioural responses. Bharat joined Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar’s lab at IISc Bangalore as a post-doctoral fellow in 2019. He will be joining the group of Prof. Jutta Scheider in the University of Hamburg as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow.

Divya Bellur Uma

Divya Bellur Uma

Post-doc

Divya joined the lab as a post-doc in 2012. Divya is broadly interested in predator-prey interactions, evolution and maintenance of deception and camouflage in arthropods, and monitoring biodiversity of Indian spiders and insects. She obtained her PhD from Georgetown University, followed by a post-doc in neuroscience from University of Maryland. During her time here, she studied the presence of personalities in social spiders; and ant mimicry in insects and spiders.She is currently an assistant professor in Azim Premji University.