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Annagiri Sumana

Dept: Biological Sciences (DBS)
E-mail: sumana [at]
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Research Interest:

EvolutionEcologyAnimal Behaviour

Academic Background:

  1. PhD (Dominance Hierarchy in a social wasp), Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), 2002
  2. MSc (Bioscience), Hemagangotri - Hassan (Mysore University), 1995
  3. Post Grad Diploma (Ecology & Environment), Indian Institute of Ecology and Envirnom (New Delhi), 1994
  4. BSc (Botany, Biochemistry & Zoology), Maharani's College (Mysore University), 1993


  1. Professor, IISER Kolkata ( - )
  2. Chairman - Department of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (2012 - 2014)
  3. Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (2008 - 2014)
  4. Post Doctoral Fellow, Tufts University (2002 - 2004)

Awards and Honors:

  1. Emerging nations award from Animal Behaviour Society and International Ethology conference, 2011 (2011)
  2. Junior Research Fellowship and eligibility for lectureship award from Council of Scientific and and Industrial Research & University Grants Commission (Government of India) (1995)
  3. First Rank from Mysore University (1995)

Selected Publications:

  1. Kolay, Swetashree and Sumana, Annagiri. 2015."Tight knit under stress: colony resilience to the loss of tandem leaders during relocation in an Indian ant." Royal Society Open Science, 2, 1-11
  2. Kolay, Swetashree and Sumana, Annagiri. 2015."Dual response to nest flooding during monsoon in an Indian ant.." Scientific Reports, 5, 1-9
  3. Karunakaran, Anoop and Annagiri, Sumana. 2015."Response to a change in the target nest during ant relocation." Journal of Experimental Biology, 218, 887-892

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