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    Previous Vanasiri members

This page has information about former students, postdocs and project personnel. See here for list of past interns.

        Postdoctoral Fellows:

FREERK MOLLEMAN, 2015-17 (Leiden University, Netherlands) - Freerk worked on wing patterns, life-history traits and hostplant associations in butterflies. After his postdoc stint with us, he took up a faculty position at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland

SRIKANTA DANI KGS, 2015-17 (PhD Macquarie University, Australia) - Srikanta worked on the evolution of plant reproductive strategies in plants. He then moved on to Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy as a postdoctoral researcher

MARTIN OLOFSSON, 2014-15 (PhD Stockholm University, Sweden) - Martin did a brief postdoc with us, conducting experiments on the evolution of false-head patterns in lycaenid butterflies.


        PhD students:

RANJIT KUMAR SAHOO, 2013-18 - Ranjit defended his thesis in mid-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


        Masters students:

JOSE MATHEW, 2018-19 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Jose worked on the environmental factors in relation to the seed-size number trade-off in plants.

NADI DIXIT, 2018-19 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Nadi worked on personality trait variation in lizards in relation to a rural-urban gradient.

NAWAF ABDUL MAJEED, 2018-19 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Nawaf worked on the factors affecting grouping in fish.

SOUMEN MALLICK, 2017-18 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Soumen worked on two projects 1) wing pattern plasticity in an aseasonal African rainforest 2) Evolution of polymorphism in relation to crypsis and background heterogeneity. He has moved on to do a PhD at Université de Rennes 1, France

ALITHA EDISON, 2017-18 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Alitha worked on colour pattern preferences in satyrine butterflies

ALEX JOHNY, 2016-17 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Alex worked on behavioral niche partitioning between common house geckoes in Southern India

SHUAIB P, 2016-17 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Shuaib conducted experiments to understand what factors promote effiency of 'motion dazzle' patterns against predation. He has gone on to do his PhD at the Indian Institute of Science

AVANTHIKA P, 2015-16 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Avanthika worked on larval and pupal colour plasticity in satyrine butterflies

ARYA ARAVIND, 2015-16 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Arya conducted field experiments testing hypotheses related to eyespots against predation.

ASWATHY JR, 2014-15 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Aswathy worked on the comparative phylogeography and population genetics of odonates in the Western Ghats. She went on to do a PhD at RGCB Thiruvananthapuram

RITWIKA MUKHERJEE, 2013-2014 (IISER Thiruvananthapuram Major project) - Ritwika performed experiments to understand what makes eyespots effective against predation. She moved on for a PhD at Tufts University, USA. Mukherjee and Kodandaramaiah 2015.


        JRFs and other project personnel:

BIRUPAKSHA BANERJEE, 2018-2019 (Junior Research Fellow)

SRAMAN DASGUPTA, 2018-2019 (Junior Research Fellow)

VEDANT DIXIT, 2017-2019 (Project Assistant)

DEBARATI GUPTA, 2017-2018 (Project Assistant)

ASHISH NERLEKAR, 2016-2017 (Project Assistant)

RAVI UMADI, 2015-2017 (Junior Research Fellow)

SORA S, 2015-2016 (Junior Research Fellow)

MRUGANKA RAHUL LELE, 2013-2015 (Junior Research Fellow)