Behavioural Ecology Lab

We are a small group of enthusiastic people who are fascinated by the diversity of life, in form and function. This fascination in combination with our passion for basic science has brought us together here. People in the lab have diverse interests under the overarching theme of behavioural ecology.


People

Top: Pankhuri, Sonam, Manjari, Deepak; Middle: Richa, Aditya, Soniya, Jain, Anindya; Bottom: Esha, Awani, Sujatha, Nakul.

(BEL Summer 2019).

Principal Investigator

Dr. Manjari Jain

Appointments and Academic Positions:

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Postdocs

Dr. Sujata Saini

For my PhD I studied the taxonomy of moths belonging to superfamily Bombycoidea (Order: Lepidoptera) from North-Western India. I used classical taxonomic methods (wing venation, morphometry and genitalia dissections) as well as molecular studies of various species. My research at BEL focuses on moth diversity, distribution and acoustic communication.

Positions:

  • Current: Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Biological Sciences, IISER, Mohali.
  • 2013-2018: PhD student, Dept. of Zoology and Environmental Sciences, Punjabi University, Patiala.
  • 2013-2017: Project Fellow; DBT- Punjabi University, DBT-IPLS.
  • 2011-2012: B.Ed. Government College of Education, Jalandhar.
  • 2009-2011: M.Sc. Zoology, Khalsa College, Amritsar.
  • 2006-2009: B.Sc. Adarsh Bhartiya College, Pathankot.
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Ph.D. Students

Richa Singh

Ph.D. (2014 - present) DST Inspire Fellow.
M.Sc. (Environmental Science) University of Allahabad, Allahabad (2013).
B.Sc. (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry) Ewing Christian College, Allahabad (2011).

Research Interests
Animal Behaviour, Animal Communication, Bioacoustics, Circadian Rhythm, Environmental Pollution.

Awards
2019: Travel grant to attend ASAB conference 2019, Konstanz, Germany. Partial financial support by Association for Study of Animal Behaviour to present research at ASAB 2019.
2019: Diversity Travel grant to attend Behaviour 2019, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago. Financial support by Animal Behaviour Society to present research at Behaviour 2019.
2018: National Eligibility Test, UGC, Government of India.
2016: Senior Research Fellow, DST- INSPIRE, Government of India.
2014: Junior Research Fellow, DST- INSPIRE, Government of India.
2014: DST-INSPIRE Fellowship, Government of India, Funding agency for PhD.
2013: University Topper, M.Sc., University of Allahabad, Allahabad.
2011: College Topper, B.Sc. Ewing Christian College, Allahabad.

Conferences
*: Best Oral presentation award, †: Best poster presentation award.

2019: Poster presentation at International Symposium On Biological Rhythms, Meerut.
2019: Speed talk Understanding Behaviour, IISER Kolkata.
2018: Oral presentation Biology Research Seminar Day, IISER Mohali.
2017*: Oral presentation National conference on Behavioural Ecology, Gujarat.
2017: Poster presentation at the XXVI International Bioacoustic Council (IBAC) Meeting, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
2016*: Oral presentation at Young Ecologists Talk and Interact, Tezpur, Assam.
2016†: Poster presentation, Meeting of Entomological Society of India, Kerala.
2015: National Conference on Ethology and Evolution, IISER Mohali.
2014†: Poster presentation at National Symposium on Behavioural Ecology, Varanasi.

Workshops
2019: Workshop on Time Brain and Behaviour, CCS University, Meerut.
2016: National workshop on Applications of NMR and LCMS for Structural Elucidation of small molecules, Chandigarh.
2016: Post Conference workshop on bird handling, wild photography and GIS, Young ecologists talk and interact, Tezpur, Assam.
2016: Workshop on Eco informatics, Conference on Insect biodiversity studies, Kerala.

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Yambem Soniya Devi

Ph.D. (2015 - present) UGC Senior Research Fellow.
M. Sc. (Hons. in Botany), University of Delhi, Delhi (2013).
B.Sc. (Botany), University of Delhi, Delhi (2011).

Research Interests
Social behaviour, decision making in cooperative movement, mate choice in cooperative animal.

Awards
2019: Diversity Grant to attend ASAB conference 2019, Konstanz, Germany. Full financial support by the Association for Study of Animal Behaviour to present research at ASAB 2019.
2017: Senior Research Fellow, UGC, Government of India.
2015: National Eligibility Test, UGC, Government of India.
2015: Junior Research Fellow, UGC, Government of India.

Conferences
2019: Oral Presentation Training in Bioacoustic organised by Cornell lab of Ornithology, Wildlife Acoustics and IISER Tirupati, at IISER Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
2018: Oral presentation at 42nd Annual Conference of ESI and National Symposium on Animal Behaviour, Biodiversity and Human Future at University of Calicut, Kerala. (2nd Best Oral presentation award)
2017: Poster presentation at the XXVI International Bioacoustic Council (IBAC) Meeting, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
2017: Participated, Student Conference on Conservation Sciences (SCCS), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
2017: Poster and Speed Talk at the Young Ecologist Talk and Interact (YETI), University of Tezpur, Assam.

Workshops
2019: Training in bioacoustics by Cornell lab of Ornithology and Wildlife acoustics, IISER Tirupati, India.

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Sonam Chorol

Ph.D. (2016 - present) UGC Senior Research Fellow.
M.Sc. (Zoology), Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, India (2014).
B.Sc. (Zoology, Botany, Chemistry), University of Jammu, India (2012).

Research Interests
Animal communication, bioacoustics, soundscape ecology, socio-biology, conservation biology, Parasitology.

Awards
2019: Travel grant to attend ASAB conference 2019, Konstanz, Germany. Partial financial support by Association for Study of Animal Behaviour to present research at ASAB 2019.
2018: Senior Research Fellow, UGC, Government of India.
2017: National Eligibility Test, UGC, Government of India.
2016: Junior Research Fellow, UGC, Government of India.

Conferences
2019: Poster in Understanding Behaviour 2019 IISER Kolkata, India.
2017: National conference on Behavioural Ecology and 41st Annual conference of the ‘Ethological Society of India’ Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, Bhuj, Gujarat.
2017: XXVI International Bioacoustics Council Meeting, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
2017: Student Conference on Conservation Sciences Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Workshops
2019: Training in bioacoustics by Cornell lab of Ornithology and Wildlife acoustics, IISER Tirupati, India.

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Anindya Chaudhuri

Ph.D. (2017 - present) CSIR Junior Research Fellow.
M. Sc. Zoology, Banaras Hindu University (2015).
B.Sc. Zoology, University of Calcutta (2013).

Research Interests
Behavioural ecology, decision making, aggression, bioacoustics, animal communication.

Awards
2017: Junior Research Fellow, CSIR, Government of India.
2017: National Eligibility Test, CSIR, India.

Conferences
2019: Understanding Behaviour 2019; Poster; IISER Kolkata, India.
2017: XXVI International Bioacoustics Council Meeting, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.
2016: Volunteer - Student Conference on Conservation Sciences IISc, Bangalore.

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Masters Students

Summer Students

2016
2015
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