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.
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.
Ranjit submitted his thesis in May 2018. He worked on butterfly-hostplant coevolution and Wolbachia-insect interactions. Before that, he did his Masters from Pondicherry University on elephants of Dandeli National Park.
Harshad is interested in understanding the factors that determine pupal colour pattern in butterflies, especially Mycalesis mineus. Before this, he did his Masters in Neurobiology from Sophia College, Mumbai on morphological structures associated with mosquito oviposition behaviour.
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.
Vivek is interested in understanding the evolution and diversification of fossorial reptiles, with shieldtail snakes (Family Uropeltidae) being the main focus. He did his Masters in Wildlife Science form the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University where he worked on the population ecology of Hemidactylus prashadi (Bombay leaf-toed Gecko).
Gopal is an Integrated-PhD student who has 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.
Sneha did her Masters in Biodiversity from Pune University. She is interested in studying evolutionary trade-offs in plant reproductive strategies.
Birupaksha did his masters in Zoology from Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, West Bengal. He is interested in understanding the genetics and environmental basis of pupal colors in butterflies.
Sraman did his masters from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. He is interested in phenotypic plasticity.
Tarunkishwor did his BS-MS from IISER Mohali. He is interested in evolution of lepidopteran wing patterns.
Jose works on the environmental factors in relation to the seed-size number trade-off in plants.
Nawaf is interested in understand the ecological factors that affecting grouping in fish.
Nadi is interested in understanding how personality traits in lizards vary across an rural-urban gradient.
Manas has just joined our lab, and is looking for research questions.
Vedant has done his masters in Biodiversity from Abasaheb Garware College, Pune. He works on a project on the phylogeography of Indian bees.
Ranjit, Sumayya, Ullasa, Ritwika and Harshad.
Kovalam, April 2014.