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Anindita Bhadra

Associate 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. 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
  2. MSc (Zoology), Ballygunge Science College (Calcutta University), 2001
  3. BSc (Zoology), Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur (Calcutta University), 1999


  1. Associate Professor, IISER Kolkata (current)
  2. Associate Dean IRO, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (2019 - 2021)
  3. Co-Chair, Global Young Academy (2020 - 2021)
  4. Review Editor, Frontiers in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology (2016 - 2020)
  5. Member, Executive Committee, GYA (2019 - 2020)
  6. Co-leader: SciDip, GYA (2018 - 2019)
  7. Editor, Connections, GYA (2018 - 2019)
  8. Group Leader, Science Education for the Youth WG, GYA (2016 - 2019)
  9. Assistant Professor, IISER Kolkata (2016 - 2019)
  10. Affiliate Faculty, Oregon State University (2015 - 2018)
  11. Chair, INYAS (2015 - 2018)
  12. Assistant Professor (on contract), IISER Kolkata (2014 - 2016)
  13. IISER Fellow, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research - Kolkata (2009 - 2014)
  14. Research Associate, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (2007 - 2009)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Editorial Board member from Animal Behavior and Cognition Journal (2022)
  2. Community Gateway Advisor from Open Research Europe (2022)
  3. Academic Editor from PLoS ONE (2022)
  4. Member, International advisory board from IYBSSD2022 (2021)
  5. Janaki Ammal National Women Bioscientist Award from DBT (2021)
  6. CoChair from Global Young Academy (2020)
  7. Member of RSB from Royal Society of Biology (2019)
  8. Executive Committee Member from Global Young Academy (2019)
  9. MemberStanding Consultative Committee of Young Scientists from Ministry of Science & Technology (2017)
  10. Nodal Officer & Local Coordinator from Identification and Mentoring of Potentially Gifted Children in Science and Mathematics, DST (2017)
  11. ESEB Outreach Grant from ESEB (2016)
  12. Review Editor from Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Journal (2016)
  13. Member from Global Young Academy (2016)
  14. Member, Editorial Board from Proceedings of INSA (2015)
  15. IAP Young Scientist 2015 from IAP (2015)
  16. Founding member, INYAS from INSA (2015)
  17. Young Scientist Delegate from Royal Society, UK and DST, India (2014)
  18. Fellow of OWSD, TWAS from Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (2013)
  19. Indian Delegate, BAS-TWAS-ROCASA workshop from TWAS-ROCASA, India (2013)
  20. SERB Women Excellence Award from DST (2013)
  21. INSA Young Scientist from INSA (2009)
  22. K S Rao Memorial Award from Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur (2000)

Selected Publications:

  1. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sau, Shubhra; Das, Jayjit and Bhadra, Anindita. 2024."Does novelty influence the foraging decisions of a scavenger?." PeerJ, 12, 1-18
  2. Mondal, Rubina; Protopopova, Alexandra and Bhadra, Anindita. 2023."The human-animal bond and at-home behaviours of adopted Indian free-ranging dogs." Applied Animal Behavior Science, 268, 1-13
  3. Sarkar, Rohan; Bhowmick, Anirban; Dasgupta, Debsruti; Banerjee, Rounak; Chakraborty, Poushali; Nayek, Abhijit; Sreelekshmi, R; Roy, Aritra; Sonowal, Rituparna; Mondal, Amartya Baran and BHADRA, ANINDITA. 2023."Eating smart: Free-ranging dogs follow an optimal foraging strategy while scavenging in groups." Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 1-15
  4. Sarkar, Rohan and Bhadra, Anindita. 2022."How do animals navigate the urban jungle? A review of cognition in urban-adapted animals." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 46, 1-10
  5. Bhattacharjee, Debottam and Bhadra, Anindita. 2021."Adjustment in the point?following behaviour of free?ranging dogs – roles of social petting and informative?deceptive nature of cues." Animal Cognition, Online first, 1-9

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