Ajay Narendra

IMG_0729I 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.

Career Highlights

PhD in Biological Sciences; 1 Book; 47 publications; 3 Australian Research Council Fellowships; 10 Research Grants.

Scientific Career

Education

  • 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)

Publications (over last 5 years; complete list on Researchgate)

2018

  1. Heinze S, Narendra A and Cheung A. Principles of insect path integration. Current Biology [in press]
  2. Palavalli-Nettimi R and Narendra A. 2018. Does size affect orientation usage celestial cues. Insects Sociaux. DOI 10.1007/s00040-018-0640-9
  3. Palavalli-Nettimi R and Narendra A. 2018. Miniaturisation decreases visual navigational competence in ants. Journal of Experimental Biology. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.177238
  4. 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]

2017

  1. 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
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Freas CA, Narendra A & Cheng K. 2017. Compass cues used by a nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia midas. Journal of Experimental Biology

2016

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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 consobrinusScientific Reports 6: 22331

2015

  1. Schultheiss P, Raderschall CA, Narendra A. 2015 Follower ants in a tandem pair are not always naïve. Scientific Reports 5: 10747
  2. 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
  3. 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

2014

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Ramirez-Esquivel F, Zeil J & Narendra A. 2014. The antennal sensory array of the nocturnal bull ant, Myrmecia pyriformisArthropod Structure and Development 43: 543-558
  4. 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
  5. Jayatilaka P, Raderschall CA, Narendra A & Zeil J. 2014. Individual foraging patterns of the jack jumper ant, Myrmecia croslandiMyrmecological News 19: 75-83.