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

Office: 0471 2778063


Hema receives the Mercator Fellowship

Prof. Hema Somanathan @somanathan_hema has been awarded the Mercator fellowship from DFG @dfg_public, Germany. As a Mercartor fellow she will be a visiting professor at Biocentrum, University of Würzburg, Germany for three years. @tvmiiser @bio_iisertvm — School of Biology, IISER-Thiruvananthapuram (@bio_iisertvm) June 24, 2021

Visiting visual ecology experts!

We had three eminent visual ecology experts from the Lund University, Sweden (Prof. Dan-Eric Nilsson) and SOKENDAI – The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan (Prof. Michiyo Kinoshita and Prof. Kentaro Arikawa) visiting our lab from February 21st to 27th. The School of Biology hosted a seminar series where they delivered talks covering various topics …

Bahee is a Bat Conservation International Student Scholar

We are really happy to announce that Baheerathan is amongst the 13 recipients who have been selected for Bat Conservation International’s (BCI) student scholarships for 2020. This is a timely recognition of the work that Bahee has been engaged in on understanding the behaviour of fruit bats in India. The tweet from BCI announcing the …