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Postdoctoral position available

Post-doctoral position now available in the lab of Maria Thaker. Deadline for Applications extended to 30 May 2020. We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow for Movement Ecology research under the Long-Term Ecological Observatories (LTEO) Programme on biodiversity and climate change. Contracts will initially be for one-year, with the potential to extend up to 3-5 years, depending on performance.  

Number of vacancies: One

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Opportunities in the Long-Term Ecological Observatories (LTEO) programme

Long-Term Ecological Observatories (LTEO) programme announces the following three vacancies:

1. Position: Science Manager

Number of vacancies: One

Chief responsibilities: Oversee the science plan of LTEO, liaise with research projects, develop new projects, project management including supervising junior researchers, and network building activities.

Last date to apply: April 30, 2020

Project details:

CES welcomes a new faculty member: Umesh Srinivasan

Umesh Srinivasan

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Dr. (Dr.) Umesh Srinivasan to CES. Umesh joins as Assistant Professor after completing a postdoc at Princeton University, prior to which he completed his PhD at NCBS. The doctor in parenthesis refers to an MBBS he did before he became obsessed with ecology and conservation!

Prof. Borges to receive Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science

Council of the Institute in its meeting held on 21 December 2019, has been pleased to confer Alumni Award for Excellence in Research for Science for the year 2020, jointly on Prof. Borges and Prof. E. Arunan, Dept. of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry. The President of the Court of the Institute will formally present the award at the meeting of the Court, scheduled to be held on Friday, the 13 March 2020, in the Faculty Hall of the Institute.

New publication: Review of Indian amphibian conservation genetic studies

India harbors high amphibian diversity. More than 80% of amphibians are endemic and have a narrow range of distribution. For most Indian amphibians, information on their genetic diversity is lacking. In this study, we have reviewed the overall trend in amphibian studies in India with specific focus on conservation genetics. Overall, out of 173 studies, there were only 14 studies that dealt with conservation of amphibians through genetic tools, while only five studies estimated genetic diversity and gene structure.

Snake venom study reveals troubling shortcomings in antivenom therapy in India

Commercially available antivenoms in India can be ineffective in treating bites from certain medically important yet neglected snakes, a study conducted by the Evolutionary Venomics Lab (, has shown. These so called the ‘neglected many’, are snakes whose bites are harmful to humans, yet remain poorly studied.

Unravelling the venomous bite of an endangered mammal


Highly similar venom toxins found in shrews and endangered Caribbean mammals, despite common ancestor over 70 million years ago

Researchers from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have worked with scientists from institutions across the globe, including the Evolutionary Venomics Lab at IISc, to uncover the truth behind the origin of venom in some very unusual mammals.