From left: Balu, Jose, Ullasa, Sumayya, Manas, Sraman, Birupaksha, Harshad, Tarun and Vedant. Lab trip to Vagamon, Dec 2018.
Balu did his PhD at IISER-TVM on colour preferences and learning in honeybees. He is currently working on evolution of colour preferences in butterflies.
Sneha did her Masters in Biodiversity from Pune University. She is interested in studying evolutionary trade-offs in plant reproductive strategies.
Tarunkishwor did his BS-MS from IISER Mohali. He is working on the evolution of lepidopteran colour patterns.
Indukala is an Integrated-PhD student. She has joined our lab for her PhD and will be working on life-history traits in butterflies.
Abhinandita did her masters from Tripura University and joined our lab in August 2019. She is working on butterfly hostplant interactions.
Sumayya is working on diversification of balsams (Impatiens) and other plant groups in the Western Ghats in relation to geographic barriers. She did her Masters in Botany from MG University, Kottayam.
Gopal is an Integrated-PhD student who joined our lab for his PhD. His primary interests are to understand how animals use colour patterns against predation, especially when in motion. He has worked on a wide range of studies encompassing lab experiments, field experiments, simulations and comparative analyses. He submitted his thesis in Sept 2019, 5 years after starting his PhD (and with 5 publications!).
Harshad worked on the factors that determine pupal colour pattern in butterflies, especially Mycalesis mineus. He submitted his thesis in April 2019.
Vivek worked on the evolution and diversification of fossorial reptiles, with shieldtail snakes (Family Uropeltidae) being the focal group. He submitted his thesis in July 2019.
Omkar is working on evolution of colour preferences in satyrine butterflies.
Amanda is working on butterfly-host plant interactions.
Manas does some simulation work trying to understand the performance of different molecular dating methods in phylogenetics.
From bottom row to top. First file from Right: Ullasa, Freerk, Harshad, Gopal. Second file: Ravi, Mruganka (red), Sridhar, Srikanta Third File: Sora (blue), Sumayya, Avantika, Ranjit. May 2016.
Ranjit, Sumayya, Ullasa, Ritwika and Harshad.
Kovalam, April 2014.