Divya Uma

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Predator-prey Interactions, Mimicry, Camouflage in Insects and Spiders, Plant-Insect interactions , Sensory Ecology

Biography

Divya Uma is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Before Azim Premji University, she was a post-doctoral fellow at IISER Trivandrum examining hunting and web-building behavior of social spiders, and personalities in these spiders. Prior to this, she did another post-doctoral stint at University of Maryland, Collage Park, USA, looking at the response of crayfish towards predatory cues, and also exploring non-invasive methods of imaging neuroanatomical structures of crayfish. Divya obtained her doctoral degree from Georgetown University, USA where she looked into predator-prey interactions between wasps and spiders. 

Her recent work includes investigating Batesian and aggressive mimicry in ant-mimicking spiders against various predators; ecology of floral color changing plants and their pollinators; spatio-temporal dynamics of web architecture in social spiders.

Courses

  • Biology Research Seminar

    A guided self-study around conceptual and analytical abilities as well as writing and reading that is necessary for the field of biology.

  • Animal Behaviour

    Looking at how animals respond to their own kind and other species while trying to survive.

  • Ecology

    How are the interactions between organisms influenced by physical, chemical and biological features?