Masters students


Alok Kujur Role of social information and individual learning in the giant honey bee Apis dorsata
Arya MV Kumar  Response of Apis dorsata to the artificial simulation of shimmering behaviour
Anjana R  Influence of social learning on foraging decisions in the Giant honey bee, Apis dorsata

Pavithra CK.  Influence of feeding state on prey capture in the social spider Stegodyphus sarasinorum


Jewel Johnson  Visual ecology of the giant honey bee Apis dorsata
Shastri Awanti Milind  Understanding mass flights in Asian and European honeybees (Apis cerana and Apis mellifera). Currently PhD student, George Washington University, USA. 


Amal S  Influence of prey colour vision in site selection of Indian crab spiders
Dilshad VP  Influence of prey type in prey handling behaviour of Stegodyphus sarasinorum
Sruthi MS  Thermoregulation and fanning behaviour in Apis cerana


Chinmay Hemant Joshi  Behavioral ecology and silk biomechanics of Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Eresidae). Currently PhD student, University of Arizona
Reshnu Raj A comparative analysis of the visual associative learning in two hymenopteran insects. Currently PhD student, ATREE, Bangalore

Neetash MR Olfactory conditioning and learning in bees. Currently PhD student, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology, Germany


Riya Elizabeth Thomas  Preference for single amino acid nectar of phenylalanine in Apis cerana. Currently pursuing PhD in Centre for Neuroscience, McGill University, Canada
Isai Amudhu  Sensory ecology and visual adaptations of Tetragonula iridipennis as a function of its size
Sibi Sasikumar  Investigating possible parthenogenesis and sociality in social spiders


Sajesh Vijayan  Ontogeny of orientation flights in the Asian honeybee. Currently pursuing PhD in IISER-Thiruvananthapuram
Aparajitha Ramesh  Foraging specialisation in the Eastern honeybee, Apis cerana. Currently pursuing PhD in University of Groningen, Netherlands


Aditya Singh  Recruitment behaviour of stingless bee Trigona iridipennis. Currently pursuing PhD in Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Center – Göttingen, Germany


Preeti Saryan  Temporal flight patterns in diurnal and nocturnal Indian carpenter bees. Currently pursuing PhD in IISER-Bhopal
Animakshi Bhushan  Behavioural Ontogeny of the Asiatic Honeybee, Apis cerana. Currently pursuing PhD in Dartmouth College, USA


Thejasvi Beleyur Task differentiation during prey capture and retreat-mate recognition in the Indian social spider, Stegodyphus sarasinorum (Eresidae). Currently pursuing PhD in Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

External students

Owen Wright (2018) University of Exeter: Masters dissertation on Asian honeybees

Gowri Vinod (2018) University of Exeter: Masters dissertation project on stingless bees, Trigona iridipennis 

Johanna Yourstone (2017-18) Lund University: PhD project on bee pollination in agricultural fields of Eastern Ghats 

Bryony James (2016) University of Exeter: Masters dissertation project on stingless bees, Trigona iridipennis 

Elsa Mini Jos (2016-17) Pondicherry University: Evolution of touch-sensitive stigmas in angiosperms and its’ ecological significance in Heterophragma quadriloculare (Bignoniaceae). Currently pursuing PhD in Utah State University, USA

Katie Hall (2015-16) University of Exeter: Masters by research project on Asian honey bees, Apis cerana 

Lucy Nevard (2015-16) University of Exeter: Masters by research project on Asian honey bees, Apis cerana 

Sheheer Ali (2015-16) AVC College, Mayiladuthurai: Prey capture behaviour and feeding interactions in a social spider, Stegodyphus sarasinorum

Sruthimol Bhasi (2012) Mar Athanasious College for Advanced Studies , Thiruvalla (under Mahatma Gandhi University): Influence of patch size on plant and insect communities in Myristica swamp forests of the Southern Western Ghats

Project Fellows

Plant-animal interactions

Amit Biswas (2016), Ashish Nerlekar (2018), Elsa Mini Jos (2017-18), Evangeline Arulmalar (2011), Neha Mohan Babu (2016), Rishiddh Jhaveri (2017-18), Sairandhri Lapalikar (2016-18), Sasmita Mallick (2012), Shwetha Muzumdar (2012-13), Sridhar Halali (2016), Sruthimol Bhasi (2012-13), Sumayya Hassan (2015)

Behavioural ecology of social spiders and bees

Anjana (2011), Deepa Noble (2015-2016), Keerthi (2012), Richa Shah (2012-13), Sheheer (2015-16), Thejasvi Beleyur (2013-14)