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

Awards and Honors:
  1. MemberStanding Consultative Committee of Young Scientists from Ministry of Science & Technology (2017)
  2. Nodal Officer & Local Coordinator from Identification and Mentoring of Potentially Gifted Children in Science and Mathematics, DST (2017)
  3. ESEB Outreach Grant from ESEB (2016)
  4. Review Editor from Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Journal (2016)
  5. Member from Global Young Academy (2016)
  6. Member, Editorial Board from Proceedings of INSA (2015)
  7. IAP Young Scientist 2015 from IAP (2015)
  8. Founding member, INYAS from INSA (2015)
  9. Young Scientist Delegate from Royal Society, UK and DST, India (2014)
  10. Fellow of OWSD, TWAS from Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (2013)
  11. Indian Delegate, BAS-TWAS-ROCASA workshop from TWAS-ROCASA, India (2013)
  12. SERB Women Excellence Award from DST (2013)
  13. INSA Young Scientist from INSA (2009)
  14. K S Rao Memorial Award from Vivekananda College, Thakurpukur (2000)

Selected Publications:
  1. Paul, Manabi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2018. "The great Indian joint families of free-ranging dogs." PLoS ONE, 13, e0197328
  2. Bhattacharjee, Debottam; Sau, Shubhra; Das, Jayjit and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Free-ranging dogs prefer petting over food in repeated interactions with unfamiliar humans." Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 4654-4660
  3. 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
  4. Paul, Manabi and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Selfish Pups: Weaning Conflict and Milk Theft in Free-Ranging Dogs." PLoS ONE, 12, e0170590
  5. Paul, Manabi; Sau, Shubhra; Nandi, Anjan Kumar and Bhadra, Anindita. 2017. "Clever mothers balance time and effort in parental care: a study on free-ranging dogs." Royal Society Open Science, 4, 160583
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