IMG_0729Ajay Narendra is an ARC Future Fellow and heads the Ecological Neuroscience group. His research is in the field of insect neuroethology. Ajay’s research focusses on acquisition and processing of navigational information in the natural environment. He is also interested in ant community ecology.

Homepage; Flickr; E: ajay.narendra AT

Postdoctoral Fellows

10917884_934546005194_1951006109331238021_nFranne Kamhi is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Australian Research Council. She is interested in ant sociobiology, neuromodulation, and comparative neuroanatomy.  Currently, she is studying the visual circuitry involved in navigation in Australian bull ants (Myrmecia).

Homepage; E: franne.kamhi AT

imageYuri Ogawa is a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the Australian Research Council. Yuri is interested in the physiological basis for animal vision and in the evolution of vision for occupying specific  habitats and for displaying particular behaviours.

Homepage; E: yuriogawa.kato AT



10511579_829871253735502_5829685084584897161_oRavindra Palavalli Nettimi is a PhD student interested in all things ants! Ravi is investigating the behavioural implications of miniaturisation in ants.

Homepage; E: rvndrpn AT


FullSizeRender.jpgFiorella Ramirez-Esquivel is a PhD student. Fiorella uses a variety of microscopy techniques (SEM, TEM, light microscopy) to study the role of miniaturisation in the structure and packing density of external sensory arrays in ants.

E: fiorella.cre AT


zachZachary Sheehan is a Masters student (MRes). Zach’s an expert in ant brain dissections. He is investigating how neuropils scale with size and activity-time in Myrmecia ants.

E: zachary.sheehan AT


10805748_10152919552053980_9048319364309344525_n.jpgDuncan Jaroslow is a Masters student (MRes) investigating how the ant brains adapt as they acquire distinct navigational information. Prior to joining us, Duncan was based at Latrobe University where he studied populations genetics in Iridomyrmex ants.

E: duncan.jaroslow AT



Victoria Als is a Masters student visiting from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is interested in population genetics. Towards this she is studying populations of Myrmecia and Nothomyrmecia across Australia. Invariably, she has started dissecting ant brains!

E: victoria.als AT


Research Assistants

Shwetha Sambasivam supported by the Hermonslade Foundation is documenting the variation of ocellar structure in ants.


Alex Szwaja is helping us measure the metabolic rates in ants and is supported by the MQ Species Spectrum Research Centre. 2016-’17

Christopher Whyte was a Research Assistant in the group and helped in digitising  video footage. 2016

Braxton Jones was a volunteer in the group where he studied the hunting choreography of the charismatic net casting spiders. 2016