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Alonso, A.A. and Sukumar, R. (2017). Why Tropical Conservation? In: Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on local and global priorities (Eds. A.A. Aguirre and R. Sukumar), pp.3-6. Oxford University Press, New York.

Bagchi, S. (2017). Research opportunities for undergraduates. Current Science, 112, 1797.

Bagchi, S., Roy, S., Maitra, A., and Sran, R.S. (2017). Herbivores suppress soil microbes to influence carbon sequestration in the grazing ecosystem of the Trans-Himalaya. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 239, 199–206. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.01.033.

Bagchi S., Singh Navinder J., Briske David D., Bestelmeyer Brandon T., McClaran Mitchel P., and Murthy Karthik (2017). Quantifying long‐term plant community dynamics with movement models: implications for ecological resilience. Ecological Applications, 27, 1514–1528. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.1544

Barve, S., Dixit, S., Dhondt, A. and Ishtiaq, F. (2017). Sexual dimorphism in breast stripe width and beak eco-morphology in Himalayan Green-backed Tit (Parus monticolus). Avian Biology Research 10(4):259-263. https://doi.org/10.3184/175815617X15063340995374.

Barve, S., Dhondt, A.A., Mathur, V.B., Ishtiaq, F. and Cheviron, Z.A. (2017). Life-history characteristics influence physiological strategies to cope with hypoxia in Himalayan birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 283. https://doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.2201.

Batabyal A, Thaker M. (2017). Signalling with physiological colours: high contrast for courtship but speed for competition. Animal Behaviour 129: 229-236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.05.018.

Batabyal A, Balakrishna S, Thaker M. (2017). A multivariate approach to understanding shifts in escape strategies of urban lizards. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71.5: 83-90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-017-2307-3.

Bhattacharya, M., Isvaran, K., and Balakrishnan, R. (2017). A statistical approach to understanding reproductive isolation in two sympatric species of tree crickets. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 1222–1232. doi: 10.1242/jeb.146852.

Bhave, R., Deodhar, S., and Isvaran, K. (2017). Intrinsic factors are relatively more important than habitat features in modulating risk perception in a tropical lizard. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71, 146. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-017-2372-7.

Borges, R.M. (2017). Co-niche construction between hosts and symbionts: ideas and evidence. Journal of Genetics, 96, 483–489. http://doi: 10.1007/s12041-017-0792-9.

Chakraborty, S., Shukla, S. P., Arunkumar, K.P., Nagaraju, J. and Gadagkar, R. (2017). Genetic relatedness does not predict the queen’s successors in the primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidia marginata. J. Genetics, in press. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12041-018-0926-8.

Chanam, J., and Borges, R.M. (2017). Cauline domatia of the ant-plant Humboldtia brunonis (Fabaceae). Flora, 236, 58–66. doi: 10.1016/j.flora.2017.09.005.

Chandrasegaran K., Singh A., Laha M., Quader S. (2017). Playing it safe? Behavioural responses of mosquito larvae encountering a fish predator. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/03949370.2017.1313785.

Deodhar, S., and Isvaran, K. (2017). Breeding phenology of Psammophilus dorsalis: patterns in time, space, and morphology. Current Science, 113, 2120–2126. doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i11/2120-2126.

Dutta, R., Tregenza, T., and Balakrishnan, R. (2017). Reproductive isolation in the acoustically divergent groups of tettigoniid, Mecopoda elongata. PloS One, 12, e0188843. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188843.

Eby, S., Agrawal, A., Majumder, S., Dobson, A.P., and Guttal, V. (2017). Alternative stable states and spatial indicators of critical slowing down along a spatial gradient in a savanna ecosystem. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 638–649.

Gadagkar, R. (2017a). The World (of education, research and business) Is No Longer What We Imagined - A Review of - Whiplash - How to Survive Our Faster Future by J. Ito and J. Howe, Grand Central Publishing, New York (2016). Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 83, 717–719.

Gadagkar, R. (2017b). A Tale of Science, Passion and Politics. A Review of – How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) - Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution by L.A. Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London (2017). Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 83, 973–975.

Gadagkar, R. (2017c). Indian National Science Academy: Some Challenges Ahead. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 83, 1-4. doi: 10.16943/ptinsa/2017/41291.

Gadagkar, R. (2017). The evolution of culture (or the lack thereof): mapping the conceptual space. J. Genetics, 96, 513-516. doi: 10.1007/s12041-017-0795-6.

Gadagkar, R. (2017e). The Universe–Which tools to understand It. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 83, 5-7. doi: 10.16943/ptinsa/2016/48860.

Ishtiaq, F., Rao, M., Huang, X. and Bensch, S. (2017). Estimating prevalence of avian haemosporidians in natural populations – a comparative study on screening protocols. Parasites & Vectors 10: 127. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-017-2066-z.

Ishtiaq, F. (2017). Exploring host and geographical shifts in transmission of haemospordians a Palaearctic passerine wintering in India. Journal of Ornithology. 158:869-874. doi: 10.1007/s10336-017-1444-9.

Ishtiaq, F. , Bowden, C.G.R. and Jhala, Y. (2017). Seasonal dynamics in mosquito abundance and temperature do not influence avian malaria prevalence in the Himalayan foothills. Ecology and Evolution, 7:8040-8057. doi: 10.1002/ece3.3319.

Isvaran, K., and Sankaran, S. (2017). Do extra-group fertilizations increase the potential for sexual selection in male mammals? Biology Letters, 13, 20170313. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2017.0313.

Iyengar, S.B., Bagchi, S., Barua, D., Mishra, C., and Sankaran, M. (2017). A dominant dwarf shrub increases diversity of herbaceous plant communities in a Trans-Himalayan rangeland. Plant Ecology, 218, 843–854. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-017-0734-x.

Joshi, J., Couzin, I.D., Levin, S.A., and Guttal, V. (2017). Mobility can promote the evolution of cooperation via emergent self-assortment dynamics. PLoS Computational Biology, 13, e1005732. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005732.

Junker, R.R., Kuppler, J., Amo, L., Blande, J.D., Borges, R.M., Dam, N.M., Dicke, M., Dötterl, S., Ehlers, B.K., and Etl, F. (2017). Covariation and phenotypic integration in chemical communication displays: biosynthetic constraints and eco-evolutionary implications. . New Phytologist doi:10.1111/nph.14505.

Karanth, P.K. (2017). Species complex, species concepts and characterization of cryptic diversity: vignettes from Indian systems. Current Science, 112, 1320–1324.

Karkarey, R., Zambre, A., Isvaran, K., and Arthur, R. (2017). Alternative reproductive tactics and inverse size-assortment in a high-density fish spawning aggregation. BMC Ecology, 17, 10.

Katariya, L., Ramesh, P.B., and Borges, R.M. (2017a). Dynamic environments of fungus‐farming termite mounds exert growth‐modulating effects on fungal crop parasites. Environmental Microbiology doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14026.

Katariya, L., Ramesh, P.B., Gopalappa, T., Desireddy, S., Bessière, J.-M., and Borges, R.M. (2017b). Fungus-farming termites selectively bury weedy fungi that smell different from crop fungi. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 43, 986–995.

Katariya, L., Ramesh, P.B., Gopalappa, T., and Borges, R.M. (2017c). Sex and diversity: The mutualistic and parasitic fungi of a fungus-growing termite differ in genetic diversity and reproductive strategy. Fungal Ecology, 26, 20–27.

Krishnan, A., and Borges, R.M. (2017). A fig tree in a concrete jungle: fine-scale population genetic structure of the cluster fig Ficus racemosa in an urban environment. Urban Ecosystems, 21, 171–181.

Mandal, S., Brahma, A., and Gadagkar, R. (2017). Homing in a tropical social wasp: role of spatial familiarity, motivation and age. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 203, 915–927.

Mhatre, N., Malkin, R., Deb, R., Balakrishnan, R., and Robert, D. (2017). Tree crickets optimize the acoustics of baffles to exaggerate their mate-attraction signal. eLife 6, e32763.

Mizuno, K., Sharma, N., Idani, G., and Sukumar, R. (2017). Collective behaviour of wild Asian elephants in risky situations: how do social groups cross roads? Behaviour, 154, 1215–1237.

Pokharel, S.S., Seshagiri, P.B., Sukumar, R. (2017). Assessment of season- dependent body condition scores in relation to faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in free-ranging Asian elephants. Conservation Physiology 5(1): cox039; doi:10.1093/conphys/cox039.

Pulla, S., Suresh, H.S., Dattaraja, H.S., and Sukumar, R. (2017). Multidimensional tree niches in a tropical dry forest. Ecology, 98, 1334–1348.

Ramaswami, G. and Sukumar, R. (2017). Invasive plants in the tropics and the case of Lantana camara. In: Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on local and global priorities (Eds. A.A. Aguirre and R. Sukumar), Pp. 154-165 (Chapter 10). Oxford University Press, New York.

Sekar, N., Lee, C., and Sukumar, R. (2017). Functional nonredundancy of elephants in a disturbed tropical forest. Conservation Biology, 31, 1152–1162.

Somanathan, H., Borges, R.M., Warrant, E.J., and Kelber, A. (2017). Visual adaptations for mate detection in the male carpenter bee Xylocopa tenuiscapa. PloS One, 12, e0168452.

Stephanie Eby*, Amit Agrawal*, Sabiha Majumder, Andew Dobson and Vishwesha Guttal, (2017), Alternative stable states and spatial indicators of critical slowing down along a spatial gradient in a savanna ecosystem, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26: 638-649.

Sunagar, K., Columbus-Shenkar, Y., Fridrich, A., Gutkovitch, N., Aharoni, R., and Moran, Y. (2017). Cell type-specific expression profiling sheds light on the development of a peculiar neuron, housing a complex organelle. BioRxiv, 158063.

Thekaekara, T., Vanak, A.., Hiremath, A.., Rai, N.., Ratnam, J., and Sukumar, R. (2017). Notes from the other side of a forest fire. Economic & Political Weekly, 52, 22–25.

Unnikrishnan, S., and Gadagkar, R. (2017). Dominance based reproductive queue in the primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidia cyathiformis. Insectes Sociaux, 64, 495–503.

Venkateswaran, V., Shrivastava, A., Kumble, A.L., and Borges, R.M. (2017). Life-history strategy, resource dispersion and phylogenetic associations shape dispersal of a fig wasp community. Movement Ecology, 5, 25.

Yadav, P., and Borges, R.M. (2017a). Host–parasitoid development and survival strategies in a non-pollinating fig wasp community. Acta Oecologica. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2017.04.001.

Yadav, P., and Borges, R.M. (2017b). The insect ovipositor as a volatile sensor within a closed microcosm. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220, 1554–1557.

Yadav, P., Desireddy, S., Kasinathan, S., Bessière, J.-M., and Borges, R.M. (2017). History matters: Oviposition resource acceptance in an exploiter of a nursery pollination mutualism. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 44, 18–28.

Zachariah, N., Das, A., Murthy, T.G., and Borges, R.M. (2017). Building mud castles: a perspective from brick-laying termites. Scientific Reports 7, 4692.

Zambre, A.M., and Thaker, M. (2017). Flamboyant sexual signals: multiple messages for multiple receivers. Animal Behaviour, 127, 197–203.