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Divya Bellur Uma

Email: [email protected]

Divya is broadly interested in predator-prey interactions, evolution and maintenance of deception and camouflage in arthropods, and monitoring biodiversity of Indian spiders and insects. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Trivandrum before joining Azim Premji University. While working at IISER, she studied the presence of personalities in social spiders; and ant mimicry in insects and spiders.

Academic Qualifications

MSc. In Biochemistry, University of Mysore
PhD in Biology Georgetown University, USA

Areas of Interest

Animal communication; sensory ecology; mimicry; plant-animal interactions; teaching pedagogy; alternative styles of teaching.

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Predator-prey interactions; mimicry and camouflage in plants and animals

Publications and Writings

Divya Uma, C. Durkee, G. Herzner, & M. R. Weiss 2013. Double deception: ant mimicking spiders fool both visually- and chemically-oriented predators PLoS ONE 8(11): e79660. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0079660

Divya Uma& M. R. Weiss 2012. Flee or fight: ontogenetic changes in the behavior of cobweb spiders in encounters with spider-hunting wasps. Environmental Entomology 41(6) 1474-1480.

Caitlin Durkee, D. Uma& M. R. Weiss 2011. Ant mimicry lessens predation on a North American jumping spider by larger salticid spiders. Environmental Entomology. 40(5) 1223-1231.

Herberholz J, Mishra SH, Uma D, Germann MW, Edwards DH &Potter K. 2011.Non-invasive imaging of neuroanatomical structures and neural activation with high-resolution MRI.Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 5:16. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2011.00016

Divya Uma& M. R. Weiss 2010.Chemical mediation of prey preferences in spider-hunting wasps.Ethology. 116(1) 85-95.

Divya, B. U., S. Metrani& R. Balakrishnan. 2005. Pitfall traps for arthropods: an evaluation of their efficiency, with special reference to field crickets (Gryllidae: Orthoptera). Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 102(1) 38-43.

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