Ajay Narendra is an ARC Future Fellow and heads the Ecological Neuroscience group.

Ajay is interested in understanding how insects 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. Ajay’s 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.

Homepage; Flickr; E: ajay.narendra AT


Group members

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Franne Kamhi

Yuri Ogawa

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Franne is a Postdoctoral Fellow. She is interested in ant sociobiology, neuromodulation and comparative neuroanatomy. She is studying the circuitry involved in visual navigation in bull ants. Yuri is a Postdoctoral Fellow. She is interested in the physiological basis for animal vision and in the evolution of vision for occupying specific habitats and for displaying particular behaviours.


Ravindra Palavalli-Nettimi

Bhavana Penmetcha

Zachary Sheehan

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Ravi is a PhD student investigating the behavioural and physiological implications of miniaturisation in ants.

Bhavana is 2nd year Masters student studying the function of ocelli in ants.

Zac is about to embark on his PhD. Something about ants and their central complex.

Victoria Als
Victoria is a Masters student from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is investigating population genetics in the bull ant, Myrmecia nigriceps.


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Braxton Jones was a volunteer in our group and studied the hunting behaviour of net casting spiders. 2016 Christopher Whyte was an RA in the group and helped digitising ant behaviour video footage. 2016 Alex Szwaja was an RA in our group and assisted with filming ants and digitising videos. 2017 Zachary Sheehan was awarded a  Masters degree for his work on differential investment patterns in brain neuropils in day- and night-active Myrmecia ants. 2017 Shwetha Sambasivam was a Research Assistant with us. She  documented the variation of the ocellar structure in ants. 2018 Fiorella Ramirez Esquivel was awarded a PhD for her comparative analyses of variation of sensory structure in ants. 2018
Duncan Jaroslow was awarded a  Masters degree for his work on changes in neural architecture in Camponotus ants as they learn visual information.2018