July 2018: Bizarre friendships: why do plants befriend ants?

Joyshree Chanam will be speaking at the next Cafe Oikos about her PhD dissertation for which she studied the curious relationship between ants and the plant Humboldtia brunonis— found only in the rainforests of the Western Ghats. About the talk: A tree called Haasige mara (Humboldtia brunonis), found only in the rainforests of the Western … More July 2018: Bizarre friendships: why do plants befriend ants?

Apr 2018: What’s that racket? Linguistics of the bird world

This month, Dr. Samira Agnihotri is going to be talking about her research on bird mimicry and linguistics in  the Biligiri Rangan Hills in Karnataka. Here’s a brief about the talk: Bird song has fascinated humans since ancient times. We’re still trying to understand the myriad ways in which birds communicate using sound. This talk … More Apr 2018: What’s that racket? Linguistics of the bird world

Feb 2017: A Visceral Connection With Our River Dolphins

For this month’s talk we’ll be travelling, through Nachiket Kelkar’s stories, to Europe, USA, Japan and then the Indian subcontinent to understand about the ancient and mysterious Gangetic and Indus river dolphins. A Visceral Connection With Our River Dolphins : How Does The River Dolphin Eats Its Food? Ganges and Indus river dolphins are animals … More Feb 2017: A Visceral Connection With Our River Dolphins

Jan 2018, Why are there so many species in the Himalayas?

An animated Dr. Krishnapriya Tamma enthralled us with India’s geological past. For her talk at the lovely Atta Galatta Koramangala, she explained her PhD research for which she tried to uncover the mystery of why there are so many species in the Himalayas. While on the subject, she explained the different ways in which new … More Jan 2018, Why are there so many species in the Himalayas?

Nov 2017, The Story of India’s Amphibians

On a chilly winter evening, we sat in the quaint Courtyard Cafe in Shantinagar and listened to Dr. KV Gururaja talk about India’s amphibians. Focusing largely on frogs, Gururaja took us through the sudden spurt in discoveries from the early 2000s. He showed us how very different they can be: they ‘dance’, exhibit parental care, … More Nov 2017, The Story of India’s Amphibians

Jul 2017, Dammed and Damned: India’s Rivers

Why are free-flowing rivers important? What happens when rivers are dammed? Suman Jumani, addressed these questions at the second Cafe Oikos talk at Goobe’s Book Republic. Using the case of burgeoning small hydro-power project (SHP) on the rivers of Western Ghats in Karnataka, Suman spoke about the ecological issues associated with reckless and unregulated hydro-power … More Jul 2017, Dammed and Damned: India’s Rivers

Jun 2017, The Anthropocene Elephant

Nishant Srinivasaiah, who pursues his doctoral studies on the behavioural ecology of Asian elephants at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore  gave us a lovely talk at Goobe’s Book Republic. He spoke about the lives and times of the elephants around Bangalore, about what they look like when they’re nervous, confused, deliberating a problem. … More Jun 2017, The Anthropocene Elephant