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Apply for Mid-year PhD Admissions at CES, deadline is 31st Oct 2017.

If you are interested in a Ph.D. program at CES, don’t wait till next year, apply now! The Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science is now accepting applications for mid-term admissions.

Online applications will be open from 1 Oct 2017 to 31 Oct 2017.

Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview on 20-21 November 2017, and the semester will begin for accepted students on 1 Jan 2018.

Gate Ecology and Evolution (EY) paper for admissions to CES and other ecology PhD programs

Gate 2018

Dear Prospective Students to CES,

Are you interested in a PhD in Ecology and Evolution?

Take the GATE EY exam. GATE EY covers topics in Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour, and Basic Mathematics and Statistics.

GATE scores are recognized at the best institutions in India, including IISc, all IISERs, JNCASR, NCBS and many MHRD approved universities.

Online Application Deadline is 05 October 2017. Don’t miss it!

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Diversity of interactions in mutualism-centred plant–insect symbioses: the case of figs and fig wasps: Premier Presentation by Renee M. Borges

Renee M. Borges was invited to make a Premier Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, in November 2015. Her presentation was titled: Diversity of interactions in mutualism-centred plant–insect symbioses: the case of figs and fig wasps. She was interviewed after the presentation and portions of this interview are on the Society's YouTube Channel.

Topic: 
CES In-House Symposium 2016
Date & Time: 
18 Jan 2016 - 9:00am to 20 Jan 2016 - 5:00pm
Event Type: 
Symposium
Venue: 
To be updated
Abstract:
Topic: 
The wild chimpanzees in Bossou and Nimba: From Primatology to Wildlife science.
Speaker: 
Prof. Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Professor, Section of Language and Intelligence, Founding Director, Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University President, the International Primatological Society General Director, Japan Monk
Date & Time: 
10 Dec 2015 - 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Talk
Venue: 
MRDG Seminar Hall, First Floor, New Biological Science Building
Coffee/Tea: 
Before the talk
Abstract:

The chimpanzees of Bossou are known to use the stone tools to crack open the oil-palm nuts. This is the unique cultural behavior of the community. I have studied the community for the past 3 decades
since 1986. The talk will highlight the past, present, and future of the unique chimpanzees. The conservation effort is called "Green corridor project" that is planting trees in the savanna. I have been doing the parallel effort of fieldwork and laboratory work on chimpanzees. Please take a look at the following site for the information: http://langint.pri.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ai/ Based on the accumulation of the primatology, my colleagues and me has started a new discipline called "Wildlife science" that deals the endangered non-primate large animals in their natural habitats. Please take a look at the following site too.
http://www.wildlife-science.org/index-en.html

Speaker Bio: 
Matsuzawa is known for his research on chimpanzee intelligence both in the laboratory and in the wild. His laboratory work consists of the Ai-project, which focuses on the language-like skills, number-concepts, and memory ability of a female chimpanzee named Ai. Started in 1978, it is one of the longest running laboratory research projects on chimpanzee intelligence. Matsuzawa has been a part of the project since the beginning. Matsuzawa has also studied tool use in the wild chimpanzees at Bossou, Guinea, West Africa since 1986. The bossou chimpanzee community consists of about 12 individuals and has been studied by Japanese researchers for three decades. Bossou chimps are well known to use a pair of stones as hammer and anvil to crack open oil-palm nuts. Long-term research on wild chimpanzee tool use revealed interesting topics like handedness of use of a hammer, critical period of learning nut-cracking at around 3 to 5 year old, "education by master-apprenticeship " and observational learning, possession of stones, deception, new tool use like algae-scooping, use of leaves for cushions, cultural variation in adjacent communities, etc. Matsuzawa's approach to research is to synthesize the field work and the laboratory work in order to understand the nature of chimpanzees, our evolutionary neighbors. Matsuzawa is well known for his research on chimpanzee memory, which suggests that chimpanzees outperform humans on some simple memory tasks. He has argued that this is evidence of a memorial capacity in young chimpanzees that is superior to that seen in adult humans. However, the accuracy of these findings has been disputed. Silberberg & Kearns (2008) have argued that the performance difference between human and chimpanzee trials can be explained by training effects on the tested chimpanzees. This finding has been replicated on a popular German science television show. Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetsuro_Matsuzawa
Topic: 
Identifying the building blocks of ecological networks
Speaker: 
Dr. Sonia Kéfi, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution – CNRS UMR 5554 BioDICée team Montpellier, France
Date & Time: 
7 Dec 2015 - 11:00am
Event Type: 
Talk
Venue: 
MRDG Seminar Hall, First Floor, New Biological Science Building
Coffee/Tea: 
Before the talk
Abstract:

Darwin’s ‘entangled bank’ captured the principle that species in nature must manage complex interdependencies to successfully coexist in natural communities. Despite great advances in the study of intricate ecological networks, we still do not know what the entangled bank looks like, nor if evolutionary restrictions create pattern in the multidimensional niche structure of communities. Disentangling the bank requires building comprehensive ecological networks which synthesize all known species interaction types (e.g., predation, competition, facilitation) as well as developing statistical methods for discovering pattern in such multiplex systems. We studied connectivity in a comprehensive ecological network using novel network models. We show that the network exhibits clear patterns at different organizational levels and ultimately collapses into a small set of 'functional groups' that are taxonomically coherent. This suggests that the iconic complexity of ecosystems may simplify into fundamental building blocks of nature.

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