Plant-animal interactions lab

Our research interests lie in the area of structure and functioning of plant-animal interactions and the underlying ecological mechanisms that contribute to this. We use multiple approaches combining various tools from mathematics, physics and ethology to understand the consequences of these interactions for plant reproductive success and their spatial distribution patterns. Our other interests lie in examining the structural features of habitats, vegetation richness and diversity in relation to pollination and herbivory patterns.

We are also interested in understanding how tropical ecosystems deal with fragmentation and anthropogenic disturbances. We work in a wide range of habitats including tropical wet evergreen forests, dry deciduous, semi-arid systems as well as freshwater swamp forests. Below is a selection of our research themes:

a) Plant (floral and fruit) signals and rewards: behaviour of pollinators, frugivores, herbivores and their predators

b) Habitat specialization and reproductive ecology

c) Species traits, architecture and functional consequences of plant-animal interaction networks

d) Anthropogenic effects on plant-pollinator interactions


Credit: Varshini K