Alok Bang

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Biological Invasions
  • Ecological Economics and Sustainability
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Forest Conservation and Management
  • Community Conservation Practices
  • Allee Effects
  • Social Insect Behaviour and Evolution of Sociality
  • Scientific Research and Leadership in the Global South

Biography

Alok Bang is an ecologist and an evolutionary biologist. 

He has worked on fundamental research questions related to animal behaviour, population biology and evolutionary biology. Concurrently, he has worked on applied research questions related to biodiversity conservation and biological invasions. This approach has yielded an interdisciplinary research programme at the crossroads of science and society, encompassing questions ranging from single-species studies to macroecological studies on a global scale. 

He has worked in research organisations and has alongside worked with grassroots NGOs. He considers this balance in working environments as a huge asset of his academic life as it has rooted his academic research within larger social realities and needs.

His work interests and experience include: 

  1. Cooperation and conflict in insect societies: For his PhD at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, he investigated the evolution of sociality. Specifically, he investigated dominance and reproductive hierarchies, reproductive succession, and the role of social experiences in shaping animal personalities in paper wasp societies. 
  2. Allee effects: For his postdoctoral research at the Université Paris-Sud (now, Université Paris-Saclay), Orsay, he investigated if interspecific competition from native species can generate Allee effects in the globally invasive Argentine ants. 
  3. Community-rooted conservation: His postdoctoral work at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, included being the research coordinator of Maharashtra Gene Bank Programme, which involved documentation, validation and propagation of community-led conservation practices in Maharashtra. 
  4. Biological invasions: His latest research involves studying ecological and socio-economic impacts of invasive alien species globally. While economic development and environmental conservation are often seen as two opposing sides of the spectrum, he believes that integrating a socioeconomic lens in environmental conservation would raise awareness about the connectedness between nature and society.

Alok will be teaching Evolutionary Biology at Azim Premji University.

If not a researcher, he would have tried his hand at music or badminton as a career, which he now pursues as hobbies. 

Publications

Journal Articles

Edited Book

  • Sen, R., & Bang, A. (Eds.). (2013). But to Reason Why: Celebrating a Life in Science. Indian Institute of Science. Printed by the author.

Chapter in Edited Book

  • Bang, A. (2013). Learning to Think and Other Lessons. In Sen, R., & Bang, A. (Eds.), But to Reason Why: Celebrating a Life in Science.

Magazine article

Other writings

Popular Science Articles

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