Anindita Bhadra

Assistant Professor
Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: abhadra [at]
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Research Interest:

    I work on the behavioural ecology of the Indian free-ranging dogs. I use the dogs as a model system to address various questions in behavioural ecology pertaining to aggression, mating, parental care, foraging and social organization. I would like to use this system to understand the evolution of the dog-human relationship in nature.

Academic Background:
  1. BSc (Zoology), Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur (Calcutta University), 1999
  2. MSc (Zoology), Ballygunge Science College (Calcutta University), 2001
  3. PhD (Animal Behaviour), Centre for Ecological Sciences (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore), 2008, Thesis title: Queens and their Successors: The story of Power in the Primitively Eusocial Wasp Ropalidia marginata

  1. Research Associate, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2007 - 2009)
  2. IISER Fellow, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research - Kolkata (2009 - 2014)
  3. Group Leader, Science Education for the Youth Work, GYA (2016 - 2017)
  4. Chair, INYAS (2015 - 2017)
  5. Affiliate Faculty, Oregon State University (2015 - 2018)
  6. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )

Awards and Honors:
  1. K S Rao Memorial Award from Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur (2000)
  2. INSA Young Scientist from INSA (2009)
  3. SERB Women Excellence Award from DST (2013)
  4. Fellow of OWSD, TWAS from Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (2013)
  5. Founding member, INYAS from INSA (2015)
  6. IAP Young Scientist 2015 from IAP (2015)
  7. Member, Editorial Board from Proceedings of INSA (2015)
  8. Member from Global Young Academy (2016)
  9. Review Editor from Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Journal (2016)
  10. ESEB Outreach Grant from ESEB (2016)

Selected Publications:
  1. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; N, Nikhil Dev; Gupta, Shreya; Sau, Shubhra; Sarkar, Rohan; Biswas, Arpita; Banerjee, Arunita; Babu, Daisy; Mehta, Diksha and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Free-ranging dogs show age related plasticity in their ability to follow human pointing." PLoS ONE, 12, e0180643
  2. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Dasgupta, Sandipan; Biswas, Arpita; Deheria, Jayshree; Gupta, Shreya; Dev, N Nikhil; Udell, Monique and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Practice makes perfect: familiarity of task determines success in solvable tasks for free-ranging dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)." Animal Cognition, Online first, 1-6
  3. Paul, Manabi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Selfish Pups: Weaning Conflict and Milk Theft in Free-Ranging Dogs." PLoS ONE, 12, e0170590