Shomen Mukherjee

Areas of Interest & Expertise

Experimental Ecology, Community Ecology, Disease Ecology, Game Theory & Evolution, Behaviour, Wildlife Conservation 


Shomen Mukherjee is a faculty with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Shomen is an experimental ecologist and has largely conducted research in the field of animal behavior. His research interest lies in understanding the processes that affect the structure and dynamics of ecological communities.

A significant amount of his research career has focused on studying how stress (due to predation risk) affects behavioural and life-history decisions of organisms. More recently he has been studying the ecology of mosquitoes, testing how different aquatic predators affect mosquito larval survivorship and egg laying decisions.


  • Ecology

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

  • Evolutionary Biology

    Theodosius Dobzansky, a prominent biologist, says "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution". Here, we explore why.

Publications and Writings

  • Mukherjee, S., Heithaus, M., Trexler, J., Mukherjee, J. R. and J. Vaudo (2014). Perceived risk of predation affects life-history responses in Gambusia holbrooki but not in Heterandria formosa. PLoS ONE 9(2): e88832. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088832
  • Mukherjee, S. and M. Heithaus. (2013) Dangerous prey and daring predators: a review. Biological Reviews 88:550 – 563.
  • Embar, K., Kotler, B. P. and S. Mukherjee (2011). Risk management in optimal foragers: the effect of sightlines and predator type on patch use, time allocation, and vigilance in gerbils. Oikos 120:1657 – 1666.
  • Berger-Tal, O., Mukherjee, S., Kotler, B. P. and J. S. Brown (2010). Complex state-dependent game between owls and gerbils. Ecology Letters 13:302 – 310.
  • Kotler, B. P., Brown J. S., Mukherjee, S., Tal-Berger, O. and A. Bouskila (2010). Moonlight Avoidance in Gerbils Reveals a Sophisticated Interplay among Time Allocation, Vigilance, and State-Dependent Foraging. Proceeding of the Royal Society, B, London 277:1469 – 1474
  • Jhala, Y.V., Mukherjee, S., Shah, N., Chauhan, K., Dave, C. V., Meena, V. and K. Banerjee (2009). Home ranges and habitat preference of female lions (Panthera leo persica) in Gir forest, Gujarat, India. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:3383 – 3394.
  • Mukherjee, S., Zelcer, M. and B. P. Kotler (2009) Patch use in time and space for a meso-predator in a risky world. Oecologia 159:661 – 668.
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