I am interested in how animals navigate in their natural habitats, the information content in the environment they use, the sensory structures they have and the central processing units that allow them to memorise, integrate and recall information.
My research has largely focused on ants to take advantage of the inter- and intra-specific variation in size, in locomotion, in tasks and also in the different ecological and temporal niches they occupy.
I have a keen interest in photography and love to experiment with macro-photography when time permits. Some of my pictures are here.
PhD in Biological Sciences; 1 Book; 47 publications; 3 Australian Research Council Fellowships; 10 Research Grants.
- 2019-present. Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney
- 2015 – 2018. ARC Future Fellow, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney
- 2012-2014. ARC Fellow (DECRA), Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra
- 2009-2011. ARC Fellow (APD), Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra
- 2006-2008. Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre of Excellence in Vision Science, Australian National University, Canberra
- 2007. Ph.D. Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- 2002. M.Sc. Remote Sensing, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India
- 2000. B.Sc., St Joseph’s College of Arts & Science, Bangalore, India
Grants (ongoing only)
- 2017. Hermon Slade Foundation (with Yuri Ogawa) ($84K)
- 2017. MQ Species Spectrum Research Centre (with Fleur Ponton, Josh Madin, Drew Allen) ($20K)
- 2017. MQ Strategic Infrastructure Research Grant (as lead CI) for Fluorescence Stereomicroscope ($143K)
- 2016. Macquarie Research and Development Grant (with lead CI Frances Kamhi), Macquarie University, Australia. ($50K)
- 2015. Future Fellowship, Australian Research Council ($770K)
- 2015. Discovery Project grant, Australian Research Council (with Ken Cheng, Jochen Zeil, Andrew Barron, Rüdiger Wehner) ($913K)
Publications (over last 5 years; complete list on Researchgate)
- Sheehan Z, Kamhi JF, Seid MA, Narendra A. (in press). Differential investment in brain regions for a diurnal and nocturnal lifestyle in Australian Myrmecia ants. Journal of Comparative Neurology. DOI 10.1002/cne.24617
- Heinze S, Narendra A and Cheung A. Principles of insect path integration. Current Biology 28: 1043-1058. (link)
- Palavalli-Nettimi R and Narendra A. 2018. Does size affect orientation usage celestial cues. Insects Sociaux. DOI 10.1007/s00040-018-0640-9
- 10.1242/jeb.185306. The choreography of learning walks in the Australian jack jumper ant Myrmecia croslandi. Journal of Experimental Biology DOI:
- Palavalli-Nettimi R and Narendra A. 2018. Miniaturisation decreases visual navigational competence in ants. Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.177238
- Freas CA. Wystrach A, Narendra A & Cheng K. 2018. The view from the trees: nocturnal bull ants, Myrmecia midas, use the surrounding panorama while descending from trees. Frontiers in Psychology 9:16. [pdf]
- Narendra A & Ribi WA. 2017. Ocellar structure is driven by the mode of locomotion and activity time in Myrmecia ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 220: 4383-4390. [pdf] Featured Inside JEB
- Ramirez-Esquivel F, Ribi WA and Narendra A. 2017. Techniques to investigate the anatomy of the ant visual system. Journal of Visualized Experiments 129: e56339. [pdf]
- Freas CA, Narendra A, Lemesle C & Cheng K. 2017 Polarised light use in the nocturnal bull ant Myrmecia midas. Royal Society Open Science 4: 170598 [pdf]
- Narendra A, Kamhi JF & Ogawa Y. 2017. Moving in dim light: behavioural and visual adaptations in nocturnal ants. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57: 1104–1116 [pdf]
- Ramirez-Esquivel F, Leitner NE, Zeil J & Narendra A. 2017. The sensory arrays of the ant, Temnothorax rugatulus. Arthropod Structure and Development 46: 552-563 [pdf]
- Narendra A & Ramirez-Esquivel F. 2017. Subtle changes in the landmark panorama disrupts visual navigation in a nocturnal bull ant. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372: 20160068. [pdf]
- Freas CA, Narendra A & Cheng K. 2017. Compass cues used by a nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas. Journal of Experimental Biology
- Narendra A, Greiner B, Ribi WA & Zeil J. 2016. Light and dark adaptation mechanisms in the compound eyes of Myrmecia ants that occupy discrete temporal niches. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 2435-2442. Featured Inside JEB
- Card A, McDermott C & Narendra A. 2016. Multiple orientation cues in the trunk trail forming ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus. Australian Journal of Zoology 64: 227-232.
- Raderschall CA, Narendra A & Zeil J. 2016. Head roll stabilisation in the nocturnal bull ant Myrmecia pyriformis: implications for visual navigation. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 1449-1457
- Narendra A, Ramirez-Esquivel F & Ribi WA. 2016. Compound eye and ocellar structure for walking and flying modes of locomotion in the Australian ant, Camponotus consobrinus. Scientific Reports 6: 22331
- Schultheiss P, Raderschall CA, Narendra A. 2015 Follower ants in a tandem pair are not always naïve. Scientific Reports 5: 10747
- Ogawa Y, Falkowski M, Narendra A, Zeil J, Hemmi JM. 2015. Three spectrally distinct photoreceptors in diurnal and nocturnal Australian ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20150673
- Stürzl W, Grixa I, Mair E, Narendra A & Zeil J. 2015. Three-dimensional models of natural environments and the mapping of navigational information. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 201: 563-584
- Zeil J, Ribi WA & Narendra A. 2014. Polarization vision in ants, bees and wasps. In Polarized Light and Polarization Vision in Animal Sciences (ed. Horváth G). Springer Series in Vision Research (eds. Collin S & Marshall J). Details here.
- Cheung A, Collett M, Collett TS, Dewar A, Dyer F, Graham P, Mangan M, Narendra A, Philippides A, Stürzl W, Webb B, Wystrach A & Zeil J. 2014. Still no convincing evidence for cognitive map use by honeybees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111: 4396–4397
- Ramirez-Esquivel F, Zeil J & Narendra A. 2014. The antennal sensory array of the nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia pyriformis. Arthropod Structure and Development 43: 543-558
- Zeil J, Narendra A & Stürzl W. 2014. Looking and homing: how displaced ants decide where to go. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369: 20130034
- Jayatilaka P, Raderschall CA, Narendra A & Zeil J. 2014. Individual foraging patterns of the jack jumper ant, Myrmecia croslandi. Myrmecological News 19: 75-83.