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IISc Midterm Admissions

If you are interested in a Ph.D. program at CES, don’t wait till next year, apply now! The Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science is now accepting applications for mid-term admissions.

Online applications will be open from 1 Oct 2017 to 31 Oct 2017.

Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview on 20-21 November 2017, and the semester will begin for accepted students on 1 Jan 2018.

Gate Ecology and Evolution (EY) paper for admissions to CES and other ecology PhD programs

Gate 2018

Dear Prospective Students to CES,

Are you interested in a PhD in Ecology and Evolution?

Take the GATE EY exam. GATE EY covers topics in Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour, and Basic Mathematics and Statistics.

GATE scores are recognized at the best institutions in India, including IISc, all IISERs, JNCASR, NCBS and many MHRD approved universities.

Online Application Deadline is 05 October 2017. Don’t miss it!

Visit http://www.gate.iisc.ac.in for more details for the procedure to apply for GATE Exam.

Fresh elephants’ dung reveals stress levels in wild Asian elephants

Recent research findings by a CES Ph.D. student Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel, Prof. Polani B Seshagiri (MRDG, IISc) and Prof. Raman Sukumar (CES, IISc) show that the stress levels and body condition of elephants varied between seasons. Wild Asian elephants were showed ‘poor’ body condition and were found to be ‘more’ stressed during resource-deficient periods. This pattern was more conspicuous in female Asian elephants.

Study by Pratibha Yadav and Renee Borges shows that insects can smell with their ovipositors

Fig Wasp

The egg laying organ of insects, their ovipositor, is usually believed to only taste via chemical receptors. A recent study by CES PhD student Pratibha Yadav and Prof. Renee Borges shows that insect ovipositor can also sense smell.

Study by Nikita Zachariah, Renee Borges and colleagues reveals that termites build mounds from anything they can chew and move on

photo-credit: Nikhil More

Photo-credit: Nikhil More

Bower bird nests, bee hives and towering termite mounds have always fascinated architects, naturalists and laypersons alike but we barely know how they are built. A study by an interdisciplinary team consisting Nikita Zachariah (a PhD student) and Prof. Renee M Borges from CES, Aritra Das from the Centre for NeuroScience and Prof. Tejas Murthy from the Department of Civil Engineering, IISc offers interesting clues on how termites build huge mounds.

Its raining bush frogs in the Western Ghats by Kartik Shanker and SP Vijayakumar

Bush Frogs

Its raining bush frogs in the Western Ghats
Kartik Shanker and SP Vijayakumar

Should you find yourself wandering in the cloud-drenched mountains of the Western Ghats, you would be engulfed by a cacophony of frog calls. Many of these will be bush frogs, a group of miniature frogs distributed throughout south and southeast Asia. Some are so small that they can be accommodated on your thumbnail!