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; 50 publications; 3 Australian Research Council Fellowships; 15 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)
- 2018. Macquarie Strategic and Infrastructure Scheme, Macquarie University, Australia. Confocal microscope: $300,000
- 2017. Hermon Slade Foundation (with Yuri Ogawa) ($84K)
- 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)
- Penmetcha B, Ogawa Y, Ribi WA & Narendra A. Ocellar structure in African and Australian desert ants. Journal of Comparative Physiology A. [in press]
- Palavalli-Nettimi R, Ogawa Y, Ryan LA, Hart NS and Narendra A. 2019. Miniaturisation reduces contrast sensitivity and spatial resolving power in ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb203018
- Sheehan ZBV, Kamhi JF, Seid MA, Narendra A. 2019. Differential investment in brain regions for a diurnal and nocturnal lifestyle in Australian Myrmecia ants. Journal of Comparative Neurology 527:1261-1277
- Ogawa Y, Ryan LA, Palavalli-Nettimi R, Seeger O, Hart NS and Narendra A. 2019. Spatial resolving power and contrast sensitivity are adapted for ambient light conditions in Australian Myrmecia ants. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7: 18. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00018
- 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