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


New faces in the lab :)

Aditya Ghosal and Reshma Basak joined the lab as post-docs in August 2020 Aditya is interested in  social spiders and Reshma will explore olfactory behaviour of stingless bees.

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