Publications 2018

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Alexandre Genin, Sabiha Majumder, Sumithra Sankaran, Alain Danet, Vishwesha Guttal, Florian Schneider, Sonia Kefi, (2018). Monitoring ecosystem degradation using spatial data and the R package spatialwarnings, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9: 2067-2075,

Amdekar M, Kakkar A and Thaker M. (2018). Multiple measures of health reveal the impact of urbanization on a tropical agamid lizard. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6:128.

Aparna Lajmi, Rohini Bansal, Varad Giri and Praveen Karanth (2018) Phylogeny and biogeography of the endemic Hemidactylus geckos of the Indian subregion suggest multiple dispersals from Peninsular India to Sri Lanka. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2018, XX, 1–16.

Bagchi, S. (2018). Conserving large carnivores amidst human-wildlife conflict: the scope of ecological theory to guide conservation practice. Food Webs.

Batabyal A, Thaker M. in press. (2018). Physiological stress and shifts in social behaviour in urbanized lizards. General and Comparative Endocrinology.

Batabyal A and Thaker M. (2018). Lizards assess complex social signals by lateralizing colour but not motion detection. Journal of Experimental Biology.Accepted.doi: 10.1242/jeb.173252.

Borges, R.M. (2018). Dark matters: challenges of nocturnal communication between plants and animals in delivery of pollination services. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 91: 33-42.

Borges, R.M., Compton, S.G. and Kjellberg, F. (2018). Fifty years later, figs and their associated communities. Acta Oecologica, 90:1-3.

Borges, R.M. (2018) The galling truth: Limited knowledge of gall-associated volatiles in multitrophic interactions. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1139. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01139.

Brahma, A., Mandal, S. and Gadagkar, R. (2018). Current indirect fitness and future direct fitness are not incompatible. Biology Letters.20170592.

Brahma, A., Mandal, S., and Gadagkar, R. (2018b). Emergence of cooperation and division of labor in the primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidiamarginata. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 115, 756-761. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1714006115

Buxton, R.T., Agnihotri, S., Robin, V.V., Goel, A. and Balakrishnan, R., (2018). Acoustic indices as rapid indicators of avian diversity in different land-use types in an Indian biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Ecoacoustics, 2, GWPZVD (1-17).

Chakraborty, S., Shukla, S.P., Arunkumar, K., Nagaraju, J., and Gadagkar, R. (2018). Genetic relatedness does not predict the queen’s successors in the primitively eusocial wasp, Ropalidiamarginata. Journal of Genetics, in press. 97, 429-438.

Chakraborty, S., Bhadra, A., Nandi, A.K., Annagiri, S., Deshpande, S., Lamba, S., Bang, A., and Gadagkar, R. (2018). Evolution of reproductive dominance in animal societies – lessons from a social wasp. Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 84 (3), 695-705. doi:10.16943/ptinsa/2018/49310

Chandregowda, M.H., K. Murthy, & S. Bagchi (2018). Woody shrubs increase soil microbial functions and multifunctionality in a tropical semi-arid grazing ecosystem. Journal of Arid Environments 155:65-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2018.02.006.

Cheik, S., Nicolas, B., Soudan, B., Harit, A., Chaudhary, E., Sukumar, R. and Jouquet, P. (online) (2018). Effects of termite foraging activity on topsoil physical properties and water infiltration in Vertisol. Applied Soil Ecology.

Cheik, S., Nicolas, B. Sukumar, R. and Jouquet, P. (2018). Fungus-growing termite foraging activity increases water infiltration but only slightly and temporally impacts soil physical properties in Southern Indian woodlands. European Journal of Soil Biology89: 20-24.

Chen, N., Jayaprakash, C., Yu, K., and Guttal, V. (2018). Rising Variability, Not Slowing Down, as a Leading Indicator of a Stochastically Driven Abrupt Transition in a Dryland Ecosystem. The American Naturalist, 191, E1–E14.

ChitraTarak, R., Ruiz, L., Dattaraja, H., Kumar, M., Riotte, J., Suresh, H., McMahon, S.M., and Sukumar, R. (2018). The roots of the drought: Hydrology and water uptake strategies mediate forest wide demographic response to precipitation. Journal of Ecology, Ecology. 106:1495–1507. https://doi/doi 10.1111/1365-2745.12925.

Columbus-Shenkar, Y.Y., Sachkova, M.Y., Macrander, J., Fridrich, A., Modepalli, V., Reitzel, A.M., Sunagar, K., and Moran, Y. (2018). Dynamics of venom composition across a complex life cycle. eLife7, e35014.

Dattaraja, H.S., Pulla, S., Suresh, H.S., Nagaraja, M.S., Srinivasamurthy, C.A. and Sukumar, R. (2018). Woody-plant diversity in relation to environmental factors in a seasonally dry tropical forest landscape. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 704-714. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12652

Deepak, V., and Karanth, P.K., (2018). Aridification driven diversification of fan-throated lizards from the Indian subcontinent. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 120, 53–62. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.11.016

Deodhar S and Isvaran K. (2018). Why Do Males Use Multiple Signals? Insights From Measuring Wild Male Behavior Over Lifespans. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 6:75. doi:10.3389/fevo.2018.00075.

Divya B. and K. Praveen Karanth (2018). Capturing richness independent phylogenetic diversity and testing surrogates for PD in woody plant communities. Current Science 115(5):910-919.

Gadagkar, R. (2018a). Social Evolution: Does Collapsing Taxonomic Boundaries Produce a Synthetic Theory? A Review of Comparative Social Evolution, (Eds.) D. R. Rubenstein and P. Abbot, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, (2017). The Quarterly Review of Biology, 93 (2), 121-125. DOI: 10.1086/698022

Gadagkar, R. (2018b). Where Humans are Animals and Animals are Human. A Review of – My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Malcolm Durrell (1925-1995), Puffin Books, (2016). [First published by in Great Briton by Rupert Hart-Davis, 1956]. Resonance, 23 (5), 609-612.

Gadagkar, R. (2018c). What Do Ethologists Wish to Know? (Article-in-a-Box). Resonance, 23 (8), 841-843.

Gadagkar, R. (2018d). How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour. 1. How Wasps Find Their Nests. Resonance, 23 (8), 871-884.

Gadagkar, R. (2018e). How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour. 2. Do Bees Have Colour Vision? Resonance, 23 (10), 1101-1106.

Gadagkar, R. (2018f). How to Design Experiments in Animal Behaviour. 3. How do Ants Find the Shortest Path? Resonance, 23 (11).

Gadagkar, R. (2018). Choosing a New Queen: Consensus without Conflict in a Social Wasp Colony. In: Landscapes of Collectivity in the Life Sciences. (Eds.) S.B. Gissis, E. Lamm and A.Shavit, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp.67-75.

Gadagkar, R. (2018). Why does our society lack scientific temper and what can scientists do about it? Confluence, Indian Academy of Sciences, 2 January. (originally published in Journal of Scientific Temper, 2016, 4, 57-60).

Génin, A., Majumder, S., Sankaran, S., Schneider, F.D., Danet, A., Berdugo, M., Guttal, V., and Kéfi, S. (2018). Spatially heterogeneous stressors can alter the performance of indicators of regime shifts. Ecological Indicators, 94:520-533.

Ishtiaq, F.* and Barve, Sahas (2018) Do avian blood parasites influence hypoxia physiology in a high elevation environment? BMC Ecology 18:15.

Ishtiaq, F. (2018) A call to introduce structured Zika surveillance in India. Trends in Parasitology, 34: 92-95.

Ishtiaq, F.*, Rao, M., and Palinauskas, V. (2018 ). Molecular characterisation and morphological description of a prevalent parasite Haemoproteus leiothrichus sp. nov. in laughthrushes (Leiothrichidae) in the eastern and western Himalaya, India. Wellcome Open Research.

Jaideep Joshi and Vishwesha Guttal, (2018). Demographic noise and cost of greenbeard can facilitate greenbeard cooperation, Evolution,

Katariya, L., Ramesh, P.B., Sharma, A. and Borges, R.M. (2018). Local hypoxia generated by live burial is effective in weed control within termite fungus farms. Insectes Sociaux, 65:561-569. DOI: 10.1007/s00040-018-0644-5

Koerner, S.E., S. Bagchi, et. al. (2018). Resolving variation in herbivore effects on plant biodiversity – change in dominance as a global mechanism. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0696-y.

Krishnan, A., Borges, R.M. (2018). 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. doi: 10.1007/s11252-017-0707-9

Lajmi, A., Datta-Roy, A., Vyas, R., Agarwal, I., and Karanth, P.K. (2018). The curious case of Hemidactylus gujaratensis (Squamata: Gekkonidae). Zootaxa, 4388, 137–142. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4388.1.11

Lutz et al including Sukumar, R. (2018). Global importance of large-diameter trees. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 849-864.

Majumder, S., Tamma, K., Ramaswamy, S., and Guttal, V. (2018). Inferring critical points of ecosystem transitions from spatial data. BioRxiv 187799. doi:

Mandal, S., Brahma, A. and Gadagkar, R. (2018). Ontogeny of familiarity with foraging landscape and foraging abilities in the tropical social wasp Ropalidiamarginata. bioRxiv. doi:

Mani, S., Merino, A., García-Oliva, F., Riotte, J., and Sukumar, R. (2018). Soil properties and organic matter quality in relation to climate and vegetation in southern Indian tropical ecosystems. Soil Research, 56, 80–90. doi:10.1071/sr16262

Murthy, K., S. K. Sinha, R. Kaul, & S. Vaidyanathan (2018). A fine scale state-space model to understand drivers of forest fires in the Himalayan foothills. Forest Ecology and Management DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.009.

Murthy, K., and Bagchi, S. (2018). Spatial patterns of long-term vegetation greening and browning are consistent across multiple scales: Implications for monitoring land degradation. Land Degradation and Development. doi: 10.1002/ldr.3019.

Nair, G.G., Senthilnathan, A., Iyer, S.K., and Guttal, V. (2018). Fission-fusion dynamics and group-size dependent composition in heterogeneous populations. ArXiv Preprint ArXiv: 1711.06882.

Page, N. and K. Shanker (2018). Environment and dispersal influence changes in species composition at different scales in woody plants of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Vegetation Science 29: 74-83.

Pokharel, S.S., Singh, B., Seshagiri, P.B. and Sukumar, R. (online) (2018). Lower levels of glucocorticoids in crop-raiders: Diet quality as a potential ‘pacifier’ against stress in free-ranging Asian elephants in a human-production habitat. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12450.

Rajaraman, K., Nair, A., Dey, A. and Balakrishnan, R., (2018). Response mode choice in a multimodally duetting paleotropical pseudophyllinebushcricket. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 172 (1-12). (Invited article in special issue).

Saha, P., Nandi, A.K., Unnikrishnan, S., Shilpa, M., Shukla, S.P., Mandal, S., Mitra, A., and Gadagkar, R. (2018). A route to direct fitness: Natural and experimentally induced queen succession in the tropical primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidiamarginata. Journal of Insect Behavior, 31, 54–65.

Sankaran, S., Majumder, S., Kéfi, S., and Guttal, V. (2018a). Implications of being discrete and spatial for detecting early warning signals of regime shifts. Ecological Indicators, 94:503-511. .

Sankaran, S., Majumder, S., Viswanathan, A., and Guttal, V. (2018b). Patchiness and scale-free correlations: characterising criticality in ecosystems. BioRxiv 233429.

Sridhar, H. and Gadagkar, R. (2018). Standing conventional wisdom on its head: an interview with Raghavendra Gadagkar. Dialogue – Science, Scientists, and Society.1 (1). doi:10.29195/DSSS.01.01.0004.

Sridhar, H., and Guttal, V. (2018). Friendship across species borders: factors that facilitate and constrain heterospecific sociality. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 373.

Sunagar, K., Columbus-Shenkar, Y., Fridrich, A., Gutkovitch, N., Aharoni, R., and Moran, Y. (2018). Cell type-specific expression profiling unravels the development and evolution of stinging cells in sea anemone. BMC Biology. 16:108.

Suranse V, Achyuthan S and Sunagar K.(2018). Animal Venoms: origin, diversity, and evolution. In eLS, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd (Ed.). doi:10.1002/9780470015902.a0000939.pub2. 2017.

Suresh, H.S. and Sukumar, R. (2018). Phenology of Ficus spp. in a tropical dry forest, Mudumalai, south India. Journal of Forest Research 29: 1129–1138.

Thaker M, Zambre A, Bhosale H. (2018). Wind farms have cascading impacts on ecosystems across trophic levels. Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Venkateswaran, V., Kumble, A.L.K., Borges, R.M. (2018). Resource dispersion influences dispersal evolution of highly insulated insect communities. Biology Letters, 14, 20180111. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0111.

Yadav, P., Borges, R.M. (2018). Why resource history matters: age and oviposition history affect oviposition behaviour in exploiters of a mutualism. Ecological Entomology. doi:10.1111/een.12520.

Yadav, P., Desireddy, S., Kasinathan, S., Bessière, J.-M., Borges, R.M. (2018). History matters: oviposition resource acceptance in an exploiter of a nursery pollination mutualism. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 44:18–28. doi: 10.1007/s10886-017-0914-0