Interns alumni

Interns typically spend a very short time (of about 2 months or so) in the lab, and most of them come in Summer through various summer programs such as KVPY fellowship, Academy summer fellowship, etc. Sometimes they are paid from lab-grant if they are hired for a specific purpose. Funding sources are indicated below. Blank means they were not paid.

Most of the interns are often involved in a reading project (since 2/3 months is too short for a real research project) or, in some rare cases, take part in a specific aspect of a bigger project of another student/postdoc in the lab.


33) Anamika Gautam (2nd year, MSc in Environmental Sciences, BHU, Varanasi) did a summer internship (May-July 2019) learning concepts of regime shifts in ecosystems. She was mentored by our former PhD student Sumithra Sankaran. (IISc program).

32) Disha Hegde (2nd-year BS-MS student from IISER, Kolkata) did a summer internship (May-July 2019) learning models of collective animal behaviour (Inspire/KVPY fellow).

31) Sanaa Khan (2nd-year BS-MS student from NISER, Bhubaneshwar) did a summer internship (May-July 2019) working with postdoc Dr Priya Iyer, learning models of parental care (Inspire/KVPY fellow).

30) Shreyas Shivakumar (while in his final year BTech, NITTE Meenakshi College of Engg, Bengaluru) part-time interned in our lab from June 2018 – May 2019 working with PhD student Akanksha Rathore, to assist in the image analyses of blackbuck herds.


29) Nitu Kumari (2nd year, department of life sciences, Central University of South Bihar) a summer internship (May-July 2019) working with us, carrying out simple exploratory experiments on collective animal behaviour (IISc program).

28) Nipun Thakurele (MSc in Math from Shiv Nader University) interned in our lab, from Feb – April 2018, working with PhD student Aakanksha, to assist in the image analyses of blackbuck herds (Lab grant).

27) Bhavuk Vijay (B. Sc. Zoology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal ) interned in our lab, from Feb – April 2018, working with PhD student Aakanksha, to assist in the image analyses of blackbuck herds (Lab grant).


26) Sheethal, an engineer turned ecology enthusiast, spent about five months (April – Aug 2017; Oct-Dec 2017) learning agent-based models of collective behaviour (Lab grant).

25) Ritobroto Chanda, a BSc student from Christ University, spent two months (July-August 2017) continuing the work of Shubhra on collective trail formation in ants found on IISc campus (Lab grant). She was mentored by Krishnaprita Tamma.

24) Shubhra Shukla, a third year BSc student from Delhi University, spent a month in summer (June 2017) investigating collective trail formation in ants found on IISc campus. She was mentored by Krishnaprita Tamma and Jitesh Jhawar.

23) Shruti Hegde interned with our lab, from Feb – April 2017, working with PhD student Aakanksha, to assist in the field study of blackbuck herds (Lab grant).


22) Prashastha Mishra, a fourth year UG student from IISER Pune spent about a couple of weeks in Dec 2016 to explore final year project possibilities in our lab. She was mentored by Krishnaprita Tamma (Lab grant).

21) Vishruta Yawatkar, a third year UG student from IISER Pune did her summer internship through NNMCB, working on analysing data of schooling fish (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

20) Ayan Das, a first year IISc UG student did his summer internship working on ray casting algorithms for schooling fish (KVPY/Inspire fellow).


19) Pratik Gupte worked with us exploring interesting fish experiments from Jan 2015 to July 2015. He went onto do masters at Europe via Erasmus Mundus program in Applied Ecology. In 2018, he joined a PhD program at Theoretical Biology (Weissing) group, University of Groningen, Netherlands, and Royal Dutch Institute of Sea Research. (Lab grants)

18) Arpitha Prasad, an MSc (math) student from Christ University, Bengaluru. She did a reading project on the evolution of cooperation in networks and also did various simulations related to that. In the process, I got to learn a few basic terminologies of network theory.

17) Sampada, a fourth year IISc UG student from the math department did a reading project on merge-split models of swarms (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

16) Gokul Nair, a second year IISc UG student wrote efficient codes on swarming using net-logo which are now being used for the experimental work. Gokul worked part-time with our lab over his entire stay in IISc and published this fascinating paper (KVPY/Inspire fellow):

Gokul Nair, Athmanathan Senthilnathan, Srikanth Iyer, and Vishwesha Guttal, 2019, Fission-fusion dynamics and group-size dependent composition in heterogeneous populations, Physical Review E99, 032412, arXiv:1711.06882 [nlin.AO], Data and codes,  Download PDF. 

15) Poornima, a second year student from IISER Pune did a reading project on super organisms (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

14) Hans Kaliaden, a third year IISc UG student majoring in biology read about and wrote a net-logo code on vegetation pattern dynamics that has both individual based and reaction-diffusion based dynamics (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

13) Varsha Shenoy, a second year MSc student from Mysore Univerisity worked on a short reading project – mostly discussions via emails – on vegetation pattern formation!


12) Aishwariya Iyengar (MSc from MS Baroda University) worked with us for 6 months from Jan-June 2014 on phylogeny of birds and relating it to their flocking behaviour. She has since joined PhD program at JNCASR. (Lab grants)


(9-11) Nikunj Goel, Athmanathan and Sriram (all from IISc) worked on building a physical model to demonstrate the idea of potentials and won a prize~ Both Nikunj an Athmanathan did final year BS projects in my lab and moved to theoretical ecology for their PhD, from Physics and Mathematics majors, respectively! (KVPY/Inspire fellows)


8) Ashwini G, pursuing her masters in Physics, Govt Science College, Bangalore, visited us from Oct 2012 to Dec 2012 to work on semi-arid vegetation patterns in India.

7) Debtanu Chakraborty, an Integrated MS student from IISER Kolkata, studied classic models of evolutionary theory and Eureqa software (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

6) Vamsi, a 1st year undergraduate student at IISc, and did reading on financial market crashes (in collaboration with Prof. Srinivas Raghavendra). (KVPY/Inspire fellow).

5) Madhura Amdekar, an Integrated MSc student in Systems Biology from Univ. Hyderabad, studied methods of analyzing animal movement patterns based on Brownian Bridge Models and applied it to couple of real data sets. Duration: May-July 2012 (2 months). (Lab grant).

4) Ashwini S Deva final year student of Biotechnology, from PES College of Engineering from Bangalore used Google earth to dig a bunch of spatial patterns of vegetation in Indian semi-arid ecosystems.

3) Vignesh: Lab rotation student, from Jan 2012 – Feb 2012. He played around with random walks and animal movement behaviors, and fell in love with Matlab! (IISc internal)

2) Sneha Vishwanath: A lab rotation student during March-April 2012. She looked at phylogenetic patterns in fish species, and I learnt some basics of phylogenetic analysis from her! (IISc internal)

1) Adithya Kalley, an integrated MSc Physics student from NIT Surat, visited our lab for a few weeks during his winter break, in the months of Nov and Dec of 2011. He worked on learning simulations of collective motion in animal groups.

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